Arteta: Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette earlier this week has revealed his intention to move away from Arsenal this summer and move to a club that competes in the UCL.
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Ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Chelsea tonight, the club’s manager has responded to Lacazette’s comments.
“He doesn’t need to tell me what he does in his own life but he has, we have discussed that and he is entitled to do that, then he has a duty to do his best here,” said the Arsenal boss.
“His contract situation allows him to make the decision about his future. We have expressed clearly what our intention is, to speak in the summer once we know where we are, about what we are going to do in the future together.
“And for the rest, I just want him fully focused on his duty, which is now defend Arsenal in the best possible way, like he has done all the time he has been with us. That’s why he has been wearing the armband of this football club, that’s a big reason.
“It is the agreement that we made with him, that was our position and our position remains the same, that is what we are going to do.
“The risk of that happening, it was always there since the moment we made that decision, then it is up to him. It is not up to us or him it is up to both parties.”