Will there be room for both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in Unai Emery's Arsenal?
Despite playing his first Premier League game on February 3rd, Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made an impact on the English game that is sure to delight Arsenal fans and put fear into the hearts of opposing teams. The former Borussia Dortmund star arrived with a reputation for being a goal-getter in the Bundesliga. Following 10 goals in 13 matches in just over three months, everything is primed for Auba to positively impact Unai Emery's first season in charge at the Emirates.
Over the years, Arsenal have struggled to find a player who fits Thierry Henry's legendary profile. Aubameyang comes close. With Arsenal expected to be in a transitional campaign as Emery refashions the squad to his liking, the 29-year-old will be crucial. He is perhaps the best parting gift Arsene Wenger left the club. The French manager has left the Emirates stadium after 22 years, but his final foray into the transfer window was Aubameyang's £56m acquisition.
The former BVB man has hit the ground running, scoring all sorts of goals, endearing himself to his teammates and fans alike. His positive relationship with fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette could yield bountiful fruit in 2018/19. Many Arsenal fans feared Auba's arrival would negatively affect Lacazette's confidence and form. A late-season goal splurge by the diminutive striker suggests otherwise. Arsenal will be very formidable in an attacking sense next term.
Aubameyang is fast, can bring his teammates in play and already a popular member in the dressing room. he seems to genuinely love the club. The rest of the big boys, apart from Chelsea, can point to a marquee striker who can spearhead a serious title assault next term, Arsenal's representative can stand toe-to-toe with any striker in the division.
If Unai Emery goes with a lone striker, there is the question whether Lacazzette will cope with being the second choice. He was first choice at Lyon and doesn’t look prepared to adapt to a supporting role. Even Olivier Giroud's patience ran out in that regard. If Aubameyang hits the ground running in August, Lacazzette may have to consider a move to keep his career on track.
PEA's goals to game ratio is fantastic. Over the course of a 38-game season, he should provide at least 25. Throw in a defensive midfielder, a dependable goalkeeper and at least two centrebacks, [not too much to ask, is it?] Arsenal could challenge for the title, perhaps even win their first since Henry led the Gunners to their Invincible season in 03/04. All the big clubs will come back stronger next season.
Chelsea and Manchester United will buy more players to wrest the title from Manchester City’s vice-like grip. Liverpool and Tottenham will also compete in a fierce race at the top. With Aubameyang, Arsenal have a player who can score and has the temperament to play in the robust Premier League. He is that good. Opposition defenders will have sleepless nights next season. Of that, there is no doubt.