Kevin Campbell fears Alexandre Lacazette will be deemed surplus to requirements by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta in the new year.
The former Highbury favourite, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 29-year-old is “really underrated” at the Emirates but is unsure whether he will be offered a new deal.
Lacazette is approaching the final 18 months of his contract in north London and talks over a new deal do not appear imminent, with Arteta revealing in September that no negotiations had been held between club and player.
Despite the Gunners disappointing start to the 2020/21 campaign, the French striker has scored four goals in 13 appearances – the most of any player in Mikel Arteta’s squad.
However, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang committing his long-term to the club in September and highly-rated forward Gabriel Martinelli nearing a return to action, Lacazette’s time at Arsenal may be coming to an end.
When asked by Football Insider if he expected the Gunners hierarchy to offer the former Lyon striker a new deal, Campbell said:
“I am not sure if Lacazette has done enough to earn a new deal. Mikel Arteta is going to have a tough decision regarding his future.
“If he wants to freshen things up he might move Lacazette on next year but I still think he has a future at Arsenal. I think he is a really underrated player.
“In the team that Arteta wants to build I do not know if Lacazette will be needed, he may be surplus to requirements because age is not on his side.”
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