Arsenal have lost their last three Premier League games, leaving part of the lead in the race for the final Champions League spot to north London rivals Tottenham.
Mikel Arteta joked that he would sleep much better at night if he could guarantee Arsenal had a trio of players who would score 21 goals by the end of the season.
The Gunners’ front-four challenge has threatened to go up in smoke in recent weeks, losing three matches on the wire and giving Tottenham the lead in the race for a Champions League place.
Only Brighton and Wolves have scored less than Arsenal’s 45 goals and in their recent miserable form they have only found the net once. Their struggles in front of goal have been a controversial topic for much of the season, particularly since he allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave the club in January.
No player has reached double figures for Arsenal this season, with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe carrying much of the burden with nine each. As for forwards, Alexandre Lacazette has scored just once so far this year, while Gabriel Martinelli has five and Eddie Nketiah has failed to score a league goal all season. .
Lacazette’s form has been in the spotlight in recent weeks, with the Frenchman set to become a free agent at the end of the season. The Frenchman risked angering Arteta and Arsenal fans, admitting he was in talks over his next move, despite what is a pivotal end to the season at his current club.
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“I am in discussion with a lot of clubs,” Lacazette told Canal Plus. “I’m open… I’ve never cut contact with Lyon since I left. I try to come back to the club once or twice a year to see the medical staff because we’re really close. Lyon knows that I am free, they have come to the information.”
Arteta opted to be diplomatic over Lacazette’s admission but suggested talks with the veteran striker won’t start until they find out which European competition they will be taking part in next season.
“His contract situation allows him to make a decision on his future. We have expressed our intention to speak this summer. As for the rest, I just want him to focus fully on his duty which is to defend Arsenal in the best way possible. , “said Arteta on Tuesday.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, the Gunners boss insisted Lacazette remains fully committed to the job at hand: “It’s difficult sometimes, he has discussions like he said. “His future is to be decided. But at the same time, you come here every day and the task ahead of us is he’s the captain when he’s here and he’s committed. I’ve seen him fully committed.
But when asked about the setbacks of his striker in front of goal, he quickly replied: “That’s what we have! This is our reality! I would like to have 40 goals in the team. I have three players in the squad over the next seven games who will score 21 goals… I would go to sleep very well and say ‘tomorrow is going to be great’.