Former Premier League star, Kevin Phillips says Alexandre Lacazette is a great player as the Frenchman approaches the end of his stay at Arsenal.
He would be out of a contract at the end of this season and has been linked with a move to Newcastle United among other clubs.
Phillips said he hasn’t played enough at Arsenal and might feel the Gunners don’t trust him.
Phillips told Football Insider: “I have always been a big fan of Lacazette.
“I think he’s a great player. He would be an amazing signing for Newcastle.
“He needs to play week in, week out. I get the impression he feels he is not loved at Arsenal. Perhaps he feels he does not get the credit he deserves.
“In my opinion, he is a class player. If you played him week in, week out, you would reap the rewards.
“If I was a Newcastle fan and Lacazette came in, I’d be very excited. I know he is blessed with a lot of talent. He’d be a great signing in January.”
Since he joined Arsenal in 2017, Lacazette’s highest-scoring season is the 2018/2019 season when he scored 19 goals in 49 matches.
Lacazette can be a match-winner in any game, but the Frenchman lacks consistency and he also hardly contributes well when he starts matches.
Arsenal would likely have to increase his salary significantly if they give him a new deal and at his age (30), it is best that they invest that wage on a younger replacement.
It would hurt to see Lacazette go to Newcastle United and shine, but the Magpies are probably at his level right now, while Arsenal is above it.
The Gunners would still benefit from his performance this season, as he would want to impress in every game to show his potential suitors what he can offer.