• Manager says how club finish season will shape plan
  • Forward’s contract expires in June 2022

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will address the in-form Alexandre Lacazette’s future this summer, and has suggested their prospects of offering him a new contract will hinge on the team’s performance between now and the season’s end.

Lacazette’s displays have been patchy across much of Arteta’s tenure, during which he has faced competition for the centre-forward spot from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah. But he has started the past two games, scoring a match-winning penalty against Tottenham and a dramatic equaliser at West Ham, and Arsenal’s attacking play tends to look more cohesive when the former Lyon forward’s hold-up skills are deployed up front. If the Community Shield is discounted, he sits level on 13 goals with the more widely feted Aubameyang.

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