Club record signing and current first-choice Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made an inauspicious start to the new Premier League campaign.
Despite having been named in Unai Emery’s starting XI for all of the Gunners’ games so far – against Manchester City, Chelsea and West Ham United – the Gabon international is yet to find the back of the net. At Stamford Bridge, the 29-year-old missed two glaring opportunities to put the game beyond the Blues, and twice failed to even hit the target.
In the end, Arsenal returned to the Emirates Stadium with nothing to show for their trip.
Emery has already admitted that Aubameyang, who earns £180,000-a-week according to The Mirror, is short of confidence, as reported by The Independent. Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette is waiting in the wings.
The Frenchman was usurped as the first choice to lead the line when Aubameyang arrived in January. The 27-year-old is a player of real quality though and is more than capable of competing with the ex-Borussia Dortmund man.
Whilst many would like to see the pair line up together as a strike partnership, it seems unlikely at this stage of Emery’s tenure. In each of the Gunners’ game so far Lacazette has had to make do with being introduced from the bench, yet every time Arsenal have immediately looked more dangerous following his entry into proceedings.
The time has now come for Lacazette to reclaim his starting berth.
What do you think Arsenal fans? Should it be Lacazette or Aubameyang leading the line against Cardiff City on Sunday?