Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has made an admission over the future of striker Alexandre Lacazette amid links of a move to West Ham United.
West Ham have reportedly already started talks to sign Arsenal striker Lacazette in January (Jeunes Footeux).
The Hammers actually tried to sign the Gunners bit-part player back in 2016.
At the time West Ham wanted to make the Frenchman their marquee striker signing as they moved from Upton Park to the London Stadium.
Hammers tried to sign Lacazette before Arsenal swooped in 2016
But West Ham saw a bid of £31 million rejected, as reported by Sky Sports at the time. And he ended up moving to Arsenal instead.
Well now, five years on, West Ham have already made contact to sign Lacazette from Arsenal in a cut price deal in January according to a report from Jeunes Footeux.
The 30-year-old Arsenal hitman is out of contract at the Emirates in the summer.
Given his lack of game time at Arsenal – Lacazette has made just three substitute appearances so far this season – it looks increasingly likely he will be available for a cut-price fee in January or a free transfer in the summer.
Reports claim West Ham have ‘already started talks’ over Gunners bit-part player as contract runs down
So reports that the Arsenal centre-forward is a transfer target for the Hammers – according to Jeunes Footeux – will come as no surprise given David Moyes’s lack of striker options.
Moyes saw just what he would be getting if West Ham signed Lacazette when the Frenchman netted his 200th career goal in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Now Arteta has responded to the speculation over Lacazette’s future amid the links with West Ham.
And Moye’s former captain turned Gunners boss admitted he does not know whether the forward will stay at the Emirates (Arsenal.com).
Arsenal boss Arteta makes admission over Lacazette future amid West Ham move links
“It is the situation that we have, we have to accept it,” Arteta said on the fact Lacazette’s contract is running down (Arsenal.com).
“I cannot ask anything of the player, the way he is dealing with that situation and it is not an individual situation because it has a knock-on effect as others we have had to deal with in the past, and we have to see what the best option will be for everyone at the end of the season.
“I had no doubts about that (he would still give his all for Arsenal when used), and if I did I would probably have suggested doing something different with him in the summer.
“When a player cannot find the motivation and is interested in just his financial future, it is not the case with Laca and he has shown that since I’ve been here every single day and that’s why he is a really important player for us.”
‘I’m not going to treat him differently’
“Well, he’s our player, and I treat him like any other player,” Arteta added when asked if he wants Lacazette to stay.
“Not because he has a year left, or doesn’t have a year left. I’m not going to treat him differently, and that’s what he deserves.”
Moyes elected not to sign a striker in the summer, saying none of the players he wanted were available (Independent).
That has left West Ham wholly reliant on the brilliant but historically injury-prone Michail Antonio.
What a boost signing someone like Lacazette would be for West Ham in January.
It would take the pressure off Antonio and allow Moyes to rest and rotate his squad without dropping their threat level.
And if – as is expected – West Ham make the last 16 of the Europa League, Lacazette would make the Hammers serious contenders when the knockout stages get under way from March.
Lacazette knows London, there would be no settling in period in terms of playing in the Premier League. And he would join a growing French and French speaking contingent at West Ham which includes Alphonse Areola, Kurt Zouma, Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku, Said Benrahma and Pierre Ekwah Elimby.