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Lacazette emerges as Monaco transfer target as Arsenal future in doubt

Published on: 26 February 2021

Alexandre Lacazette has emerged as a summer target for Monaco.

Arsenal striker Lacazette, who turns 30 in May, has one year left on his current contract and appears to have fallen down the pecking order in recent weeks.

His situation has alerted other European clubs and French giants Monaco are watching developments closely to see if he could be allowed to leave the Emirates in the summer.

Lacazette joined Arsenal in 2017, won the FA Cup last summer but has often found himself having to share striker duties with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang has a strong relationship with Lacazette who has stressed his love for the club on numerous occasions but Arsenal would be reluctant to let him run his contract into the final year.

Lacazette joined from Lyon for £52m, has endured ups and downs during his time at the club and is clearly rated by Mikel Arteta who has used him regularly this season.

But there is now a dilemma with Lacazette over the next move with Arsenal boss Arteta having said publicly they may well discuss a new deal.

However, there is interest in Lacazette for this summer and it could be a pivotal few months for the former France international.

Meanwhile, Arteta has praised Aubameyang who was the two-goal hero of Arsenal’s Europa League win over Benfica.

Aubameyang missed a gilt edged chance in the Europa League at the same stage when Arsenal exited to Olympiacos a year ago and Arteta praised his strength of character to put setbacks behind him.

Arteta added: “Sometimes when you go through difficult moments, you can have those difficult moments and get into a sad mode and I think that's the worst thing you can do because nobody has to feel sorry for themselves when you're having those moments.

“What you have to do is get upset, get angry, work harder and approach the situation and face it. Face the challenge in a way that creates more motivation and more hunger to do it and I think in recent weeks I've seen that reaction.

“For example, in a training session before we played here he missed a penalty and he was really upset. Instead of going sad he got upset and I said to the coaching staff that I like that and that he would be fine tomorrow. When you have that mentality, I think that's the right way to approach it.”

Source: m.allfootballapp.com

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