The decision-makers at Arsenal who are in charge of player contracts never fill us fans with too much confidence. Mikel Arteta did well to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to extend his stay, but Edu and co should never have let him enter the final year of his contract in the first place.
Our mismanagement of contracts have been going on for a long time. Robin van Persie, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey were all allowed to enter the final 12 months of their deals, and we all know how that turned out.
Van Persie and Sanchez were sold for a lot less than they were worth, Ramsey left for nothing and Ozil took advantage of the situation to get himself an outrageous contract. We are still paying for that, but it looks like we haven’t learnt a thing from our previous mistakes.
Alexandre Lacazette has just 18 months left on his contract. Arsenal should have done something about the situation in the summer but we didn’t. We should try to do something now but Arteta has dismissed that as well and has claimed that talks will only take place in the summer.
He told Goal: “We have not talked about anything related to his (Laca’s) contract.”
“I am delighted with the way he has performed because he is scoring, has the form and energy at the moment so he needs to keep doing that. We will talk in the summer and make a decision then.”
Arsenal are making the same mistake again
Lacazette has been immense in our last three games having scored four times. Our current system is suiting him very well and it won’t be a surprise to see him grab goals consistently until the end of this season.
That will put him in a very strong position in potential contract negotiations in the summer. If we really want to keep him, we will have to meet his demands. If we want him gone, we will have to settle for less money as his value will plummet with just a year left on his deal.
Lacazette, if he scores a ton of goals in the second half of the season, will demand a lot to sign an extension. That will put us in a very difficult position, and Edu can do nothing other than take all the criticism that comes his way for letting the Frenchman walk into the final 12 months of his deal.