If Arsenal permanently abandons the back three system, there would be an extra spot for an attacking player. But can Lacazette be effective wide? He started his career there, but his current skill set doesn’t inspire confidence. If Arsenal continues with a back three, the clear choice for who would drop out the starting 11 would be the former Lyon man. Essentially Lacazette could find himself moving from Arsenal record transfer fee holder to Aubameyang’s alternative in the space of six average months.
There’s no doubt that Aubameyang is a better striker than Lacazette. His numbers at Dortmund are enough to justify the belief that he is an immediate upgrade, but the former Lacazette’s struggles should be of concern to Aubameyang as well. Both are strikers who feed off the chances laid on the plate for them and the one saving grace for Lacazette’s poor showings so far is that you could argue Arsenal have not done enough to make his job easier. Aubameyang should do more with what he is provided, but a quick look at how he scored the bulk of his goals in Germany makes you wonder if a team as devoid of width and speed like Arsenal’s can capitalize on his strengths in the way Dortmund did. Investing this much cash on a striker that you can’t supply would be a catastrophic bit of planning.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 98 Bundesliga goals breakdown:
97 inside the box
1 outside the box
1 other body part
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 31, 2018
It would be remiss to conclude this without mentioning the fact Arsenal did nothing to address their defensive frailties. A quick look at their goals against column shows that they have conceded more goals than bottom-placed West Brom. Yet nothing was done despite obvious improvements being needed in goal and in the back-line. You can’t build a beautiful skyscraper from the top down Yet that appears to be what Arsenal have set out to achieve.
L.M.A.O may turn out to be a truly special attacking unit, but without real changes made to the defensive unit, the footballing world will still end up laughing their asses off at Arsenal.