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Arsenal hero Winterburn urges Arteta to keep Atletico Madrid target Lacazette

Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn does not believe the club should sell Alexandre Lacazette.

The Frenchman has been linked with an exit from north London, with Juventus and Atletico Madrid interested.

But Winterburn thinks Lacazette offers more than just goals for Mikel Arteta.

He said: "He's being touted around as somebody who could possibly be used as bait to try and bring in some money, but I've stated all along that Lacazette is a player I really like, I think he's the one centre-forward at Arsenal that really links up the play better than anyone else at the club.

"But then a lot of people feel his goalscoring record isn't good enough at the top level, though I think you have to look at the bigger picture.

"I would be disappointed if he was to leave this summer, but Arteta may be planning to adjust Arsenal's style of play and if they can secure Aubameyang's contract extension maybe he'll feel as though he has enough cover in that role which would allow him to let Lacazette go and recoup some money.

"I like his strength and power in key positions though, so personally I'd like to see him stay."

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