Lacazette opens up on Arsenal future amid Aubameyang fears ahead of FA Cup final

Alexandre Lacazette insists his Arsenal future does not depend on whether close pal Pierre -Emerick Aubameyang stays as he opened up on the relationship between the strike pair.

Many Gunners fans fear Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea could be Aubameyang's final game for the club after the 31-year-old entered the final year of his contract.

The Gabon international is being eyed up by the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan, and unless he signs a new contract, Arsenal will have to weigh up whether to cash in on him or risk losing him for nothing next summer.

Lacazette has also been the subject of transfer speculation as he has just two years left on his contract at the Emirates.

But while he admits he has not yet spoken to the club about a new deal, the French international has reassured fans that his fate is not tied up with that of Aubameyang.

Asked whether he would be spurred into leaving Arsenal if Aubameyang did the same, Lacazette said: "No, because we know that Auba has a lot of discussions with the club and I can't put my future on someone else."

The strike duo are close friends off the pitch, and Lacazette believes that has been the key to them forming a prolific partnership on it.

"When he came everyone knows we had a good relationship together," the 29-year-old said of Aubameyang.

"We always talk about everything, not only about football but everything in life. He's a good guy. That's why between us it became really easy."

Asked ahead of Saturday's Wembley trip whether he has entered talks over a new contract, Lacazette replied: "No, we didn't talk about this.

"Me, I'm just playing my games and finishing the season to see how it's going to be, but we didn't talk about anything."

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has said he is confident he can persuade Aubameyang to sign a new contract – especially if Arsenal win Saturday's FA Cup final and secure Europa League football next season.

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If Arteta's side lose to their London rivals, they will have no European football to offer their current stars or to entice new signings to the club.

Agreeing fresh terms with Lacazette – who was Arsenal's then-record signing when he joined from Lyon in 2017 – may not be of utmost important right now but, given the club's track record at losing key players, it is something the hierarchy will be keen to address.

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