Arsenal set to open contract talks with French attacker

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Alexandre Lacazette will discuss his future with Arsenal after the Europa League 4-1 loss against Chelsea, amid speculation he is lined-up as Antoine Griezmann’s replacement at Wanda Metropolitano.

The former Lyon ace endured a mixed first year in north London, hampered by injuries and forced to play second fiddle to club’s record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his arrival from Germany nearly 18 months ago.

Under Unai Emery, however, Alexandre Lacazette has established himself as an integral part of the new-look Arsenal attack and dovetailed superbly, both on and off the pitch, with the Gabon star.

The France international was named Arsenal’s Player of the Season earlier this month and scored 18 goals this season in all competitions.

The 27-year-old striker came close to joining Atletico Madrid in 2017 before the Spanish side’s transfer ban swayed him into signing for Arsene Wenger.

Antoinne Griezmann’s decision to end his five-year stay in Madrid has forced the Spanish giants to scour for replacement and have again been linked with his compatriot, although the French frontman insists he remains happy at Emirates.

‘If the club is really happy with me and I’m happy, I will stay. In France, they say 27, 28 is one of the best ages in your career.

‘I wish it is not the last [good season] at Arsenal and I hope I will be better and better in the next years. I play more with Unai and have more confidence with him. Even if I can just say ‘thank you’ to Wenger because he brought me into this big club, but I feel better with Unai.’