Arsenal star Lacazette told he "can’t hit a barn door" after ambitious demand

Arsenal contract rebel Alexandre Lacazette has been slammed for his ability and urged to apologise after the Frenchman admitted he was in talks with other clubs.

The 30-year-old has less than six months remaining on his current deal at the Emirates and has been free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs since January. However, the Gunners skipper still left fans stunned when he went public with an update on his future earlier this week.

Lacazette revealed that he's in talks with a number of clubs over a potential summer move – including his former club, Lyon – while also reiterating his desire to play in the Champions League next year. The striker hasn't played in the competition since he joined the Gunners back in 2017; although they are in with a shot at clinching a top-four finish this year to end that multi-year exile from Europe.

However, Lacazette has been slammed by Gabby Agbonlahor – and the former Aston Villa striker has sensationally claimed that the misfiring striker might have already been playing Champions League football if he was a bit more consistent in front of goal.

He told Football Insider: "It’s cheeky. If he wants to play Champions League football the only team he’ll be playing it at is Partizan Belgrade or Panathinaikos. He won’t be playing it at a big club because he can’t hit a barn door.

"The audacity to say that he wants to play Champions League football when he’s putting in performances that are lacklustre is an insult to Arsenal, to be honest. I think he should apologise. Maybe he would be playing Champions League football for Arsenal if he could score a goal."

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Lacazette has mustered just six goals in 34 appearances for Arsenal this term as speculation over his long-term future rumbles on – but it may already be too late for the striker if he does wish to make amends.

Eddie Nketiah made the most of his chance to impress in Lacazette's absence by bagging a brace during Wednesday night's 4-2 win over Chelsea. And Gunners boss Mikel Arteta hinted that he'd made a mistake in keeping the 22-year-old hotshot out of the team. Like Lacazette, Nketiah is due to be a free agent in the summer, but he could now be set for an extended run in the team.

“If there is one player that I have been unfair with I think it’s him,” Arteta explained. “He has given me every right to do something different, and if Eddie doesn’t play more, it’s my fault and because as a manager I missed something or I haven’t had the courage to play him more. Today he showed me more how wrong I was.”

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