Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Dean Windass has accused Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette of playing for a new contract, but doesn’t expect the Frenchman to be at the club next season following reports by Football London last month that he will be offloaded this summer.
Lacazette, who’s got just one year remaining on his Emirates deal, endured a difficult start to the campaign when scoring just three times in Arsenal’s opening 14 Premier League matches – all of which came in their first three fixtures.
But the former Lyon striker is enjoying a purple patch at present, netting 10 times in his last 17 league outings, plus a crucial brace against Slavia Prague in the Europa League, to establish himself as Arsenal’s first-choice striker ahead of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their push for European glory.
Lacazette is out injured following a hamstring problem sustained against Fulham, and therefore could have played his last game for Arsenal, providing he doesn’t return before the end of the season and the Gunners opt to cash-in to avoid him leaving for free next summer.
And with Lacazette’s Arsenal future in doubt, Windass told Football FanCast that his end of season form isn’t enough to save his Emirates career:
“Too little, too late for me. I always found that when someone’s contract is up, they play for a new deal.
“There’s no coincidence. Why? Why start playing now with eight games to go?
“Psychologically, is he just doing it for the money? I will be very surprised if they do keep him, but it’s painful to watch Arsenal, I don’t look forward to watching them.”