Arsenal manager Unai Emery confirmed that talks have begun to hand Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette contract extensions.
Aubameyang and Lacazette have become vital members of the Arsenal squad upon developing a lethal strike partnership. They, in fact, scored a combined total of 50 goals last season.
These impressive stats convinced the Gunners board to award them new contracts this summer. While Aubameyang still has two years left on his current deal, and Lacazette another three, the club want to seal their futures now.
Another possible motive for this could be down to the €80m club-record arrival of Nicolas Pepe from Lille OSC. Naturally, the Ivorian’s arrival has caused quite the stir with fans relishing Arsenal’s new-look front three.
“They are very important players for us and their contracts need to be in the same balance, as players with us and also with the contracts with the club,” said Emery, according to bescoccer.
“It’s one circumstance, one issue now, that the club is working on.
“[Technical director] Edu is here for that reason. There’s also Raul [Sanllehi, head of football] and Huss [Fahmy, chief contract negotiator] working with the players for that.
“It’s important for them, but my focus is on preparing [for] the matches, each training session, and making sure the players are focused and concentrated for us and on the work.
“I want the best for the club, I want the best for the players. I think if they and the club are speaking about that, it’s perfect.”
Lacazette, who has recovered from an ankle injury, will likely join Aubameyang upfront for Arsenal’s Premier League at home to Burnley.
After missing last weekend’s opening day 1-0 win at Newcastle United due to security fears, Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac could also return. Although the latter is struggling with an illness.
The Arsenal and Burnley match will begin at 13:30 (CET) this afternoon.