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The near future: A look at the front line

Posted on June 06, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

For anybody who has seen Arsenal play in the last season or two, or even longer than that, it has been impossible not to perceive where the main problems lie, as well as the place where only a tweak or two would do just fine. Going forward, there is very little you could pinpoint as wrong, especially in the Premier League towards the end of the season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on great form since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

Alexandre Lacazette was absent for a while due to injury, and it’s probably a good thing (from Arsenal’s point of view) that he’s been left out of France’s squad for the World Cup. It’ll give him time to rest and prepare better, both physically and mentally, for the hardships of pre-season training. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is another attacking player that hasn’t so far been able to properly take off as an Arsenal player due to injury.

Having these three players fully fit and combining up front is certainly an exciting prospect. Getting Mesut Özil to perform to the best of his abilities on a regular basis might prove a challenge for Unai Emery (it certainly was for Wenger), but the German has recently signed a new contract on reportedly much better terms, and it is to be hoped it will motivate him to give his all on the pitch.

However, it seems at this point the next 12 months will be crucial for Alex Iwobi. It starts with the World Cup next week, where he will be given a chance to shine for Nigeria on the world’s biggest football stage. It may have a huge influence on his future. He should also be given a proper chance at Arsenal in 2018/19, and he will need not to seem out of place next to the likes of Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mkhitaryan and Özil if he is to pursue a successful career at the Emirates.

Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson should also get a look-in. The pair of youngsters will do well to grab any opportunity with both hands, but there will be significantly less pressure on their shoulders than the case is with Iwobi. After all, Iwobi has already had a chance to impress and it wouldn’t be right to say he fully took it.

Be that as it may, there is sufficient quality and quantity in the attacking department, and it is small wonder that almost every transfer activity of the club at the moment is referring to the other end of the pitch.

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