Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, at his core, is a fantastic striker. The 29 year old has been scoring left, right and centre throughout his entire career, and now, he’s doing so for Arsenal. While he may not get the same kind of plaudits as Lacazette he’s certainly still a force to be reckoned with, and his time in the game proves that.
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.
Arsenal walked through Fulham at the weekend with, arguably, their most impressive performance to date this season. They put a beating on the Cottagers and while they certainly struggled at points in the first half, they managed to overcome any adversity that was put in their path – and in the end, they registered their ninth consecutive victory in all competitions.
Still, while the performance itself was great, we want to focus on one statistic in particular: Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and assisted for Arsenal against Fulham – which is the first time in Premier League history two substitutes have scored and assisted for a team in a single game. As bizarre and specific as that may seem, we can’t help but be extremely impressed by that.
As you probably know, Arsenal ran riot at Craven Cottage on Sunday, putting five past their hosts and letting in one in return. It wasn’t, however, all that great, especially in the first half, but with a few smart and timely changes manager Unai Emery got his players firing on all cylinders. Let’s take a short look back at all the goals, including the one conceded.
One of the main concerns when Unai Emery first arrived at Arsenal this summer was the defence. The defensive situation has not changed radically and the team could still be slightly more solid. However, at the minute the way the attacking players are performing, the defensive issues have been cast aside.
Fantastic second half at Fulham
The Gunners 5-1 win at Fulham on Sunday was a superb result. However, at half time the game was truly in the balance at 1-1. Emery’s side had not produced first 45 minutes of football.
There are rumblings going around today that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could miss the Fulham game courtesy of an illness. While this may not seem like a very ‘big deal’ to a lot of fans given that some have the tendency to dramatically underrate him, we’re choosing a different approach. This is a man who seems to always be capable of producing moments of magic from out of nowhere, but his influence goes far beyond just hitting the back of the net for the Gunners.
Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi can be highly frustrating at times. The Nigerian international does have ability, but he has been so wildly inconsistent for Arsenal that it is infuriating.
Iwobi has been in and out of the Gunners starting line-up in recent seasons. However, under Unai Emery, he seems to have improved slightly. The Spaniard is renowned for improving players and maybe he has had a hand in Iwobi’s improvement this season.
Producing an end product
The big issue with Iwobi has been that he has the ability to beat players and is an intelligent footballer, but he is often missing an end product. This season Iwobi has made just four top-flight appearances, with three coming from the substitute’s bench.
On Wednesday night, England international striker Danny Welbeck netted a brace in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Brentford in the Carabao Cup third round.
It was the usual story for the striker as he started a cup game. His Arsenal appearances are usually restricted to starts in the cup competitions and cameos in the Premier League.
Happy to wait for a Premier League start
In truth, Welbeck is unlikely to start many of Arsenal’s Premier League games. However, the striker has stated that he is happy to wait for his chance to start in the top-flight.
The above title may be strange to say, but Arsenal’s performance in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal was not all positive. The Gunners eventually earned the victory, but for periods of the encounter with the Toffees, mainly the first half, the team from north London looked poor and disjointed.
Here are a few positives I suggest that Arsenal will take from the game:
Life still left in Petr Cech
It would be fair to say that Arsenal may have been going in at half time behind if it were not for the veteran goalkeeper. Cech kept out efforts by Theo Walcott, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison to keep the scores level.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal put four past Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League opener at the Emirates, even though it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Gunners. Two unnecessary late goals for the visitors marred the occasion somewhat with old defensive woes reappearing.
Games like this one, however, can sometimes do wonders for the form of a striker. A few goals in the net of inferior opposition, with all due respect to the Ukranian side, have been known to spark a goal streak for an attacking player, and Aubameyang could get some valuable confidence boost from his fantastic performance on Thursday.