Alexandre Lacazette praises Mikel Arteta, insists he is ‘determined to stay’ at Arsenal

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Alexandre Lacazette hailed the impact of manager Mikel Arteta and insisted he was determined to stay at Arsenal.

Lacazette has been impressed with the work Arteta has done since he was appointed Arsenal boss in December of last year.

Arteta won the FA Cup and instilled a cohesion in the Arsenal squad that was sorely lacking under his predecessor Unai Emery.

Alexandre Lacazette praised Mikel Arteta and says he can’t wait to stay at Arsenal

Lacazette says Arteta has helped 'bring order to the club' since taking over

Lacazette says Arteta has helped “bring order to the club” since taking over

Lacazette has acknowledged, however, that it will take more time for Arteta to completely transform Arsenal’s fortunes.

Lacazette told L’Equipe: “He brought order to the club, to the team. He has brought ambition in terms of what he is looking forward to doing and what he’s been through with what he’s been through at Manchester City.

“But it’s not a change that can be done in six months because it’s a long process, but yes it does.

“Our results after the restart and the FA Cup victory proved that we can compete, even if we play different football. It has done the team a lot of good.

Lacazette has been linked with Atletico Madrid in a swap deal involving Thomas Partey

Lacazette has been linked with Atletico Madrid in a swap deal involving Thomas Partey

Lacazette has been linked with the move from Emirates Stadium with Juventus among clubs considering signing him.

The Frenchman, however, stressed that he remains at Arsenal, where he has just under two years left on his contract.

“I’m at Arsenal. I signed a five-year contract to improve and win titles. I have two years left and I am determined to stay.

When asked if this was his final decision, he replied, “From me, yes.

It has been suggested that Lacazette could move to Atletico Madrid as part of a swap deal involving Thomas Partey, which has been closely linked with a move to the Gunners.

Lacazette said: “If it’s true, no, it’s not pleasant. But what matters are the coach’s choices and his confidence. He’s the one who chooses the team, not the managers in their offices, and I know I have his confidence.

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