By Kevin Phillips

18th Dec, 2021 | 9:30pm

Pundit suggests Lacazette not trying at Arsenal - claims he's 'moving on' soon

Arsenal have made a “shrewd move” by appointing Alexandre Lacazette as captain but he’s still likely to quit at the end of the season, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the “responsibility” could “extract the best” from the 30-year-old.

Lacazette wore the armband as Arsenal recorded a 2-0 victory over top-four rivals West Ham on Wednesday (15 December).

As quoted by the Guardian (16 December), Mikel Arteta insisted the Frenchman is “next in line” for the captaincy, and praised his “pride and commitment”.

He is likely to keep the armband when Arsenal play Leeds today (18 December)

Phillips insisted an in-form Lacazette could push the Gunners into European contention.

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“Of course, he’s a player who is out of contract at the end of the season and looks like he’ll be moving on,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“There may well be doubts. For example, is he really going to give his all, in terms of putting in that running and effort?

“On the other hand, it could be a clever move from Arteta. He may well be attempting to extract the best from Lacazette by handing him that captain’s armband.

“He’ll be hoping that responsibility will encourage him to perform and hopefully push Arsenal up into one of those European spots.

“He’s a quality player, and he clearly responds when he gets that armband. It’s a shrewd move to put him ahead of a number of other experienced candidates.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was removed as Arsenal skipper earlier this week, following his “latest disciplinary breach”.

Lacazette, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has scored four goals in 15 Gunners appearances this term.

In other news, an Arsenal idol has revealed Aubameyang has been a serial discipline offender after sharing what he ‘knows’.