Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed the club have not started any negotiations with Alexandre Lacazette over a new contract.

The Frenchman’s deal at the Emirates expires in 2022 and he has been regularly linked with a move away from the Gunners this summer.

Lacazette put those thoughts behind him though as he scored in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over West Ham, maintaining the 100 per cent start to the new season.

And with the transfer window still open for three more weeks, Arteta has hinted that any contract negotiations for Lacazette will have to wait.

The boss said: “He's a player I'm really happy with.

Alexandre Lacazette scored as Arsenal beat West Ham in the Premier League
Alexandre Lacazette scored as Arsenal beat West Ham in the Premier League

"I think we've shown him a lot of faith since I arrived here. But we cannot start any speculation.

“We know that any player who is under two years of their contract is always going to be talked about.

“At the moment, we haven't started any negotiations. We have a lot of things still to do in this market and at the moment we are focusing on those things.”

Mikel Arteta saw his Arsenal side beat West Ham on Saturday
Mikel Arteta saw his Arsenal side beat West Ham on Saturday

Atletico Madrid have been linked with a move for Lacazette, though the striker said last month that the Gunners are his “dream club”.

The Arsenal ace revealed at the start of August: "I'm happy with my career because I played for Lyon, my club since I was a child.

"I played for Arsenal, my dream club in the UK. I'm still happy about my career but obviously I would love to win more trophies and this one can make me happier in my Arsenal journey.

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"It was a difficult season, maybe the most difficult of my career. But I know I learned a lot this season mentally and thinking more about the team than scoring goals when I had my long period without goals.

"So I noticed this season when we talk about statistics it is not the best one. But it's still only one season in my career and I know next season is going to be totally different for me."