Arteta admits risk in letting Lacazette’s contract run down

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted they took a big risk by letting striker Alexandre Lacazette’s contract expire this summer.

The Frenchman came out to admit that he is in talks with a series of clubs where he wants to play in the Champions League next season; A statement that did not go well with the club’s fans.

Lacazette is unlikely to appear at Chelsea after he tested positive for coronavirus and Arteta admits Arsenal may have missed the boat as well in trying to keep the France striker at the club.

“This is the agreement we made with him,” he said. “Our position and our position was the same. This is what we will do.”

“The risk of that happening, it was always there from the moment we made that decision, it’s up to him. It’s not up to us or him, it’s up to both parties.”

With Lacazette in doubt, Eddie Nketiah could again top the line despite the England Under-21 striker coming out to criticize the club’s lack of opportunities as he revealed he turned down the opportunity to sign new terms.