Arsenal strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang recently turned down the opportunity to sign contract extensions at Arsenal, apparently telling the club that they wouldn't pen new deals while Unai Emery was still in charge.
The former Arsenal manager's chopping and changing in attack over the last 18 months saw Lacazette and Aubameyang's form stumble at times, while one was also often forced out of position under Emery's system.
Arsenal recently entered contract extension talks with both players as the club looks to avoid losing their star strikers, but the Evening Standard (via Metro) reports that they would not sign new deals while Emery was in charge at Emirates Stadium.
A 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League group stages ultimately proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back for Emery, with Arsenal announcing on Friday morning that he'd left the club.
Freddie Ljungberg has taken over on a short-term basis while Arsenal look for their next manager, but one eye will now go back to extending Aubameyang and Lacazette's contracts before they're allowed to walk away for free.
Last season's Golden Boot winner Aubameyang has just over one year left on his current deal, having initially signed a three and a half year contract when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund in a £57m move.
For Lacazette, Arsenal will have an extra year to negotiate an extension as his deal runs out in 2022, but the 28-year-old will be looking to learn Aubameyang's future before agreeing to anything, while he'll also want cast-iron guarantees over playing time.
So far this season, Lacazette has remained as an unused substitute in three matches across all competitions, while he's been brought off the bench in another three.
But the Frenchman could start alongside Aubameyang, as well as club-record signing Nicolas Pépé, this weekend when Arsenal travel to face Norwich City at Carrow Road.
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