Mikel Arteta's Latest Comment Shows That He's Not Ready To Let Striker Leave

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is happy to hear Alexandre Lacazette is attracting interest from clubs around Europe, as it is confirms how good his recent form has been.

Lacazette scored in back-to-back games before the international break, including the winner in the north London derby and he is Arsenal’s top scorer in the Premier League this season.

The Frenchman’s future at the club, however, is uncertain as come the summer he will have just one year left on his current deal.

The 29-year-old’s contract situation has alerted clubs around Europe, with Atletico Madrid, Roma and Sevilla all tracking him.

Arteta has said Lacazette’s future at Arsenal will be discussed in the summer, but he is pleased to read clubs are chasing the striker as it is a testament to his fine form.

He said as cited by Sports Central: “I am always happy when people talk about our players and speculate, that means they are doing well and they are getting attention from other clubs. “The situation with Laca, we’ll address in the summer, speak to him and just propose the future that we want - and that’s it. “Now, I just want players focused and only focused on performing and getting the best out of them for the team.

He added: “I think he has been really good. I think he has been in really good form for months now. I think he is sustaining that level. “He is scoring goals and providing the team with something different as well. His work-rate has been phenomenal and it is what we want. “We need those type of players hitting the best level when we want to have the chance to do that, because over the course of the season we have been missing goals. “We have been missing that creativity in the final third and we need those players to step in and make the difference for the team.

Lacazette has led the line for Arsenal in their last two games and he will hope to start against Liverpool on Saturday.

The Gunners, however, may have to cope without Bukayo Saka - who pulled out of the England squad with a hamstring issue.

Arteta said: “He hasn’t trained with the team yet, he’s been doing individual work. “We had to pull him out of the England squad unfortunately. He’s feeling better, but he hasn’t trained with the team yet.

Emile Smith Rowe is also a doubt for Saturday’s game at Emirates Stadium after he missed England Under-21’s victory over Croatia on Wednesday.

“He has some discomfort in his hip, that’s why they decided to keep him out,” said Arteta.

“We will see today how he comes [back], speak to the doctors and the physios and see if he’s available for training tomorrow.”