While some are choosing to be down in the dumps regarding the departure of Arsene Wenger, others are wisely choosing to look on the bright side of things. Arsenal Football Club is entering an entirely new era in the realms of English football, as the last great ‘long-term’ boss walks away from the Premier League – probably for good. While he could always return with another club, that isn’t the Gunners’ concern anymore, and instead, we should be drooling over the prospect of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette getting a full season together.
There’s always the slim possibility that one of them decides to move on during the summer transfer window, but given the figures involved, it feels like they’re going to stick it out. The one question that we have in our mind, however, is which one of the two is going to wind up being Arsenal’s main man throughout the course of the 2018/19 campaign.
While it’s usually quite difficult to pinpoint something like this, we’ve got a good sample size courtesy of what the duo have been able to produce so far this season. Unsurprisingly, Lacazette has been the club’s top scorer with 14 in all competitions having been at the Emirates since last summer, whereas Aubameyang already has eight goals to his name after joining in January.
But, despite that, our official answer regarding who we think is going to be ‘the man’ is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and we’ve got a couple reasons why. First off, he’s two years older (28) than Lacazette (26) and has a touch more experience playing at the highest level, and while some may not see much value in that, just look at the composure and professionalism he showed a few weeks back when he awarded that penalty to Lacazette.
He knew that the Frenchman was low on confidence and was in search of a goal, and he unselfishly decided to give up the penalty for him. While Lacazette probably would’ve done the same thing in return, there’s a certain aura surrounding Aubameyang – especially given that he wasn’t able to compete in Europe for the Gunners.
Lacazette has spells where his form drops, but we haven’t seen that from Aubameyang for quite some time now. When it comes down to it, both guys are going to be instrumental for Arsenal as they move forward without Wenger, and perhaps it won’t even matter who the top dog is once next season rolls around.
Who do you prefer – Aubameyang or Lacazette?