When Alexandre Lacazette arrived at Arsenal last summer from Lyon many saw him as the top-class striker the Gunners had been missing in recent years. He arrived at the club with a reputation as a prolific goalscorer.
The French international striker made a steady if unspectacular start to life in north London. However, the big money signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window meant that Lacazette’s place as Arsenal’s first choice striker was in doubt.
Injury and rotation
Unfortunately, for Lacazette he picked up an injury around the same time Aubameyang joined the Gunners. With Aubameyang at the club, an instant return to the starting line-up for the striker was not guaranteed, as the Gabon striker is regarded as one of the deadliest forwards in Europe.
Towards the end of the campaign, former boss Arsene Wenger rotated the pair and at one point, they were taking turns of playing out wide, which was obviously not ideal for the French international striker.
Thriving up front
At the beginning of the season new Gunners boss Unai Emery was reluctant to play Lacazette and Aubameyang as a strike partnership. However, the Spaniard has now decided to field Aubameyang out wide with Lacazette as the main striker.
After failing to start starting the Gunners first three league games of the campaign, Lacazette has now started their last five, playing 90 minutes in all but one of those five games.
Emery is getting a good reward for his decision, as Lacazette has hit form of late in the central striker’s role. In fact, Lacazette has scored four times and produced three assists in his last five appearances for the Gunners, contributing to a goal in all five of his starts.
Can continue to thrive up front
While many saw Aubameyang’s arrival as bad news for Lacazette, the pair have actually struck up a good relationship on the pitch, and are reportedly now friends off the pitch. The pair combines well, as Aubameyang seems to be effective coming in off the flank.
Emery now seems to have settled on Lacazette as the central striker and Aubameyang on the left flank. For Lacazette that is good news, as he could continue to thrive for the Gunners, especially with the help of Aubameyang.
The Frenchman now looks like he is enjoying his football and Arsenal could be set to continue to reap the rewards of his good form.
Can Alexandre Lacazette continue to thrive in Arsenal’s attack?