As soon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal in the January transfer window from Dortmund, fans were asking where does that leave Alexandre Lacazette. It was a valid question.
Aubameyang was not a Lacazette replacement
The France international had only arrived last summer for a club record fee from Lyon. He had not made a terrible start to life in north London, so signing a replacement for him seemed harsh.
However, the move was not about replacing Lacazette, it was about signing one of the most prolific forwards in world football. For half a decade, the Gabon international had scored goals in Ligue One and the Bundesliga, establishing a big reputation in the process.
The opportunity to sign such a big player was too hard to turn down, especially as the Gunners had been looking to sign a prolific forward for a good while.
Lacazette and Aubameyang combine well
Aubameyang has started both of the Gunners games so far this season up front. The result has been zero goals and a few golden opportunities missed. However, last season when Aubameyang and Lacazette were on the field together, they seemed to have a good understanding.
The pair were at their best when Aubameyang played as a winger and Lacazette through the centre of attack. That meant that Arsenal’s two most potent attacking threats were on the pitch, rather than one sitting on the bench in Lacazette usually.
One of the main conundrums for Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be finding a way to accommodate the pair. It seemed that the Spaniard decided to keep Lacazette in reserve for the first two games of the season.
Could play on the wing
If we are being honest it would not be hard to see Aubameyang playing on one of the wings, as Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have not exactly covered themselves in glory so far this season.
That sounds strange to say considering that Mkhitaryan scored a goal and produced an assist against Chelsea in the 3-2. However, the Armenian left right-back Hector Bellerin exposed at times defensively. Emery decided to substitute Ozil in the second half of the game against Chelsea. The Germany international was a passenger for much of the 60-odd minutes he played against the Blues. At least Mkhitaryan contributed in the goals.
I for one would not be devastated to see Ozil rested or dropped, with Aubameyang starting on the wing and Lacazette up front against West Ham.
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