The signing of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has truly sent shockwaves around the club, not only on the pitch but off it too. In his debut for the Gunners, the 28-year-old finish off a silky move by the Gunners with a delicate chip over Jordan Pickford. For all the adulation surrounding him & Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s performances that day, just as many people were upset with Alexandre Lacazette’s exclusion from the team.
That discontent has led to rumours of an exit taking place for the Frenchman this summer. He is reportedly unhappy that he’s been tossed to the side for new signing Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. He already wasn’t happy with the service he was getting in the final third, this has now acted as the exclamation point.
Emmanuel Petit has now added fresh fuel to the fire. The Arsenal legend said, “Lacazette is under massive pressure. He needs to improve or face the exit this summer. Aubameyang’s signing tells me it might already be too late. He’s exactly what they need.”
The former France international went on to make the shocking claim that: “Arsene Wenger’s belief in Lacazette has gone. After six months, his statistics are not exactly tremendous.”
Since arriving in England, Alexandre Lacazette has only scored 9 goals in 27 appearances. That’s a 1 in 3 strike rate for a £46.5million-rated player. No wonder Arsene Wenger dropped him instantly for the Champions League proven Aubameyang.In fact, the Frenchman has only scored once in his last twelve appearances, in contrast to Aubameyang scoring 1 in 1!
Regardless of these worrying stats, it’d be a huge mistake to sell Alexandre Lacazette in the summer. The Frenchman is an extraordinary talent and at a different club, he’d excel to the heights he was always destined to. Alexandre Lacazette only joined the Gunners last summer and talk of him leaving this summer should be branded asludicrous beyond belief.
He’s a much more versatile player than people give him credit him for. He can play in the wide forward role as well as play in a front two or on the wing. This versatility would allow him to play in the same starting XI as Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, so it’s stupidity to sell Lacazette just because Aubameyang is here.
In Lacazette, Arsenal has a clinical striker that has the potential to score just as many goals as Arsenal’s new record signing. All the Frenchman needs is sufficient service and creative players around him to thrive. The arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan will go a long way in helping us to see the best of Alexandre Lacazette. But if he’s limited to substitute appearances, we won’t see what he’s truly capable of.