There’s no doubting that Harry Kane is up there as one of the best strikers in the world right now but with the Gunners splashing the cash on attacking duo Pierre Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette this season, do they now have a more potent strike force than Spurs’ one-man crusade?
We asked FootballFanCast.com’s writers who they would rather have in their best XI – one Harry Kane or Arsenal pair Lacazette and Aubameyang? Here’s what they said…
One Harry Kane is worth a whole strike-force on his own, regardless of what the alternative is, not least because he’s so rarely injured.
He’s made 38 appearances or more (in all competitions) during the last three seasons and will do that again this term as well. Add in the fact he averages nearly a goal per appearance and has improved so many aspects of his game over the last two seasons to become the complete centre-forward, why would you ever need another striker?
In any case, Arsenal’s front-men don’t exactly appeal to me as a strike duo because they’re so similar – both poachers who don’t offer much to all-round play. If Arsenal had kept Olivier Giroud and traded Aubameyang for Lacazette, perhaps they’d have a stronger case for rivalling Kane.
Kane’s goals alone speak for themselves. He is simply the best number 9 in the world, but what I like about him is that he could play in any era – he wouldn’t look out of place as Nat Lofthouse bundling the ball over the line and the goalkeeper with it, nor is he unsuited to today’s technical game.
Forget about Lacazette, however, I’d take Aubameyang by himself. It’s probably true that Arsenal can’t play both in the same team, but build an attack around the Gabonais and he’ll bag you goals galore.
He is pacey, he is direct, and he is technical, and having seen him develop from a wide player who took Saint-Etienne to their first trophy in 32 years to one of the world’s deadliest strikers, it’s clear that he can adapt a little better than Kane.