Arsenal's Lacazette in talks with 'a lot of clubs' as he aims for Champions League football
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has revealed that he is currently in talks with 'a lot of clubs', with him keen to join one that is in the UEFA Champions League.
The 30-year-old's current deal with Arsenal is set to expire at the end of the season, and it is still unclear whether he will seal an extension or if he will leave as a free agent this summer.
Lacazette has become the Gunners' main striker following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona, but the French forward has struggled in front of goal, with him getting just one goal in the 14 games he has played in since the start of 2022.
In an interview with Canal Plus, Lacazette claimed that he is 'open' to the idea of playing in the Champions League next season, saying 'I am in discussions with a lot of clubs'.
While his aim remains to play in Europe's elite competition, he also refused to rule out a possible return to former club Lyon, who are currently struggling in eighth place in Ligue 1, seven points below third-placed Rennes, who occupy the final Champions League spot.
'I have never cut contact with Lyon since I left,' Lacazette said.
'I try to return to the club once or twice a year to see the medical staff because we are really close. Lyon know that I am free, they have to come with a proposal.'
However, he added 'I want to play in Europe, it's been a long time since I played in the Champions League, I'm missing it.'
'It's a little more complicated, nothing is impossible in life, but it's a little more complicated.'
Arsenal's Champions League charge has taken a massive hit in recent weeks, losing four of their last five league games, with them now sitting in sixth, three points behind Tottenham, albeit the Gunners having a game in hand over Spurs and Manchester United.
However, it is still relatively possible that they could make their way into the Champions League, but given Lacazette's recent form, Arsenal might opt against actually extending his contract as well.
The 30-year-old has managed just six goals and eight assists in 31 games in all competitions this season, and they will need to him to rack up plenty more goals to help their push to European football.
Additionally, his prospects of rejoining Lyon might also be slim, given the recent form of Moussa Dembele, who has scored 11 goals in 2022 alone.
Arsenal's only other natural striker is Eddie Nketiah, who is also set to leave this summer, and so the Gunners have to make a decision on Lacazette, and soon, with him considering his future.