Kevin Campbell urged Arsenal to “roll the dice” with Alexandre Lacazette’s contract situation ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.
Addressed exclusively to Football initiate, the former Gunners and Everton forward said he had “no problem” with the 30-year-old terminating his contract and going on the loose next summer.
Lacazette is in the last 12 months of his current UAE contract.
As reported by Air sports‘Dharmesh Sheth (July 5), there are no ongoing or planned talks on a new deal.
Football.LondonChris Wheatley revealed last week that he expects the French striker to cut his contract and leave for free due to his high salary.
Asked by Football initiate‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Lacazette’s future, Campbell said:
“Arsenal shot themselves in the foot so many times during player contracts.
“I think it’s a unique situation with Lacazette though. If you don’t know which attacker to hire, just roll the dice with Lacazette’s contract. They did it in the past with Aubameyang and it worked.
“If they don’t agree on a new deal, that’s obviously something that will be discussed next summer.
“Look, maybe they could get some money for him, but if he stays he will be a big part of how we play next season. He did well all things considered last season.
“I have no problem with him staying and going free next summer. The Covid situation has made things difficult. “
In other news, a La Liga expert speculates that Arsenal will sign an “exceptional” Barcelona player in a cut-price deal.