In the January transfer window, Arsenal signed one of the most lethal strikers in the European game in the shape of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international had been prolific at former clubs St Etienne and Dortmund.
Had previously played on the wing
Aubameyang is outstanding in front of goal when given the opportunities. In fact, such is his reputation for scoring goals, the 28-year-old is odds of 7/1 to win the Premier League Golden Boot, the third favourite to claim the award.
He arrived as a central striker, but he had previously played wide on the left of attack. Arsenal already had French striker Alexandre Lacazette in their squad.
Arsene Wenger decided at times to use Aubameyang out wide towards the end of the season, with Lacazette in the more central role. The move meant that the Gunners could make use of two of their best attacking players.
Unai Emery could continue to utilise Aubameyang out wide
It seems that it is a tactic that Unai Emery is considering using this season. In pre-season, Aubameyang has at times played out wide, as Lacazette has occupied the central striking role.
Aubameyang is effective out wide, but it means he is not always in the poacher’s positions to find the net. However, if the Gabon interntional starts up front that means Lacazette missing out on starting games, which would be a shame.
Lacazette enjoyed a decent debut campaign in the Premier League, scoring 14 goals and producing four assists in 32 appearances, although six of those appearances were from the substitute’s bench.
The France international also endured a spell on the sidelines due to injury around the start of the year. The 27-year-old can certainly enjoy a more productive campaign, especially as he seemed to strike up a productive partnership with Aubameyang.
All resources needed for top-four challenge
New Gunners boss Emery needs to use all his available resources to help the Gunners challenge for a top-four place next season. Lacazette and Aubameyang are no doubt two of the clubs most explosive attacking players.
The Gunners also have the likes of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to play in the attacking roles in the team. Emery is unlikely to change to play with two central strikers, so playing Aubameyang out wide could prove to be a viable option in the new campaign. Hopefully, it will prove to be a successful strategy if employed in the new season.
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