Arsenal boss hails ‘phenomenal’ Lacazette amid transfer interest

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is delighted to learn that French attacker Alexandre Lacazette is gaining interest from European clubs, as it reflects his recent goal-scoring form.

Lacazette, who has 11 goals this season for Arsenal in the Premier League, scored in three consecutive matches prior the international break, including the winning goal in the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

The 29-year-old’s contract with Arsenal will expire when this season comes to an end, and he’s already linked with a move AS Roma, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.

“I am always happy when people talk about our players and speculate, that means they are doing well and they are getting attention from other clubs,” Arteta told a news conference.

“The situation with Laca we’ll address in the summer, speak to him and just propose the future that we want – and that’s it.

“He’s scoring goals and he’s providing the team with something different as well. His work rate has been phenomenal and it’s what we want.”

Lacazette is expected to spearhead the attack against Liverpool, but winger Bukayo Saka’s availability remains in question after he was forced to withdraw from the England squad due to a hamstring injury.

“Bukayo hasn’t trained with the team yet,” Arteta said. “He’s been doing some individual work.”

Emile Smith Rowe, who missed England Under-21’s victory over Croatia on Wednesday, is also a doubt for the match at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

“He has some discomfort in his hip,” said Arteta. “We will see today how he comes (back), speak to the doctors and the physios and see if he’s available for training tomorrow.”

With 42 points from 29 games, Arsenal are in ninth position, four points and two places behind Liverpool.