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Arsenal preparing long-term contract for £185,000-a-week striker

France international’s deflected injury-time winner in midweek could be defined as the moment of the London giants’ campaign so far.

Lacazette’s celebration after the goal and beyond the final whistle showed how passionate he was about the win and the Gunners. Unfortunately, the campaign’s most dramatic goal will go down as an own goal.

But more importantly, the win boosted the Gunners’ chances of a top-four finish, as the club secured three valuable points with a difficult opponent and a direct rival for a top-four spot. If the Gunners are to secure Champions League football, Alexandre’s involvement in it next campaign stays a big question.

Lacazette’s contract is up in the summer, and despite some urging the club to tie him down to a new contract, there have been no concrete movements on that front. Recent reports suggested the Gunners will delay deal negotiations with the centre-forward until the summer, just before his current contract expires.

Lacazette could undoubtedly leave on a free transfer, as many clubs have expressed interest in securing him on a Bosman move. However, the Spanish manager has recently hinted at a possible stay for the French striker.

Speaking after the win against Wolverhampton, Mikel Arteta said Alexandre Lacazette “behaves like someone who wants to stay”, as he praised the centre-forward for his contribution to the win.

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