Buy Abameyang swiftly or move on a buy a third creator to give Lacazette a true chance at Arsenal

It is understandable, that as an Arsenal fan base, we are excited by and wrapped up in the Aubameyang story. The Gabon international has been one of the most potent strikers in the last few years in one of Europe’s top leagues and it would undoubtedly be exciting to see if he could repeat his success in Germany in the Premier League. However should we not get the deal over the line this week with Dortmund I am not sure it is the disaster it will be made to be.

Goals and assists departed

Yes we have sold Alexis and also Walcott but both have primarily assisted and scored as supporting strikers and not as our main solo striker. So have replaced only one of the two exits with Mhkitaryan but in truth Walcott has not featured much in the Premier League at least. Yes we absolutely need to replace the quota of goals and assists that Alexis contributed and I am very confident a happy Mhkitaryan can certainly tale up some of the slack.

However the primary issue surely has to be creating chances for our record signing Alexandre Lacazette, or are we giving up on the Frenchman already? We have all seen the quality and relaxed nature of Laca’s finishing and his quick feet the box but we have equally seen his confidence begin to dip. A quick look at his stats shows us that so far at Arsenal in the Premier League Laca is only averaging 2.3 shots per match. At Lyon over the past few years he has averaged just over 3. Even last year he scored 28 goals in Ligue 1 he was at 2.8 attempts per match.

There seems that, whist he is not blameless and still adjusting to a tougher league, Lacazette, having watched Arsenal admiringly from across the Chanel, might reasonable have expected his team mates at have created more chances for him and found more of his runs in the channels and in behind. So while I have little doubt that Aubameyang is, in the short term, given his age, and upgrade on Lacazette, he too won’t succeed feeding off scraps.

So perhaps if Giroud now fit and staying as an alternative to Lacazette the club need to consider the supply line as well. Our new Armenian play-maker and Ozil together is mouth-watering, but do not know what the future holds for our German superstar and the cover is presently Iwobi, Welbeck and Reiss Nelson.

New combined creativity enough?

If for whatever reason, having agreed personal terms with the Aubameyang camp. Arsenal cannot agree a deal with BVB, then perhaps they should swiftly redirect their efforts to securing creativity. If we move back to the comforts zone of 4231 we need another top talent in the 3. The alternative is to push Aaron Ramsey up as we some success in 2014/15 but I am sure a player like Mahrez or Lemar would change the creative dynamic and the flow of our football far more dramatically and increase the supply line to our chance starved Frenchman. You only have to look at Man City and Liverpool in attack to observe with some envy the merit of combining pace with guile behind the striker.

Potential creators?

If we conclude the PEA deal I am not sure what that would mean for Lacazaette, as I genuinely cannot see a true two striker system being played under Wenger. The only way that would happen would be with the likes of Ozil or Mhkitaryan playing closer to the main striker in a 352 in the way Hazard is often employed by Conte for Chelsea. Lacazette simply does not have the vision and creativity for that second striker role.

So there we have it in my opinion – Pay up and sign PEA as an upgrade on Lacazette or move on swiftly and add a third top class wide creator to give the Frenchman a fair chance to succeed and live up to his price tag.

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3 Responses to Buy Abameyang swiftly or move on a buy a third creator to give Lacazette a true chance at Arsenal

  1. Werner January 28, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

    Arsenal is not going to buy anyone. Every transfer window it’s the same. They go for players they can’t get. Just for them to say they tried. Arsenal is a selling club. And they are just as useless in the transfer market as in the league. No wonder they get left behind every year. Buy a propper centre back and midfielder.

  2. Victor Thompson January 28, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    I think that the Aubameyang thing is a fraud to perpetrate upon the the long suffering fans.Like Werner I don`t think they are genuinely after him. The price B D quoted is £60m. Arsenal offer £40m. They say “no”, the price is £60m, dont come back unless you are prepared to offer £60m. In the meantime, both parties are hanging on to see if any other club is willing to pay the asking price.

    Arsenal try again and offer £50m but their offer is only grudgingly improved and the answer is still “no”.Clearly we are not going to get him, otherwise, we would have agreed terms by now. I fear we are being fed another red herring to keep the rabble quiet and Kroenke`s purse filled.

  3. Whamio January 28, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

    Aubameyang has 2 things in common with Lacazette…both started out as wingers and were converted to strikers. the only thing is that they both have a nose for goal…Both can play across the front 3 either as an inside left forward ..or attacking right winger…or a striker…perhaps Lacazette Is a bit better in his link up play compared to Aubameyang but..i don’t see the problem of playing both of them at the same time..they should be able to co-exist and I will gander a guess that their off field movements would be complement each other. Arsenal have to replace the goals they have lost in Walcott + Sanchez…that is a combined total of around 180 goals scored…removed from the team in their history..so I believe Aubameyang makes sense as a signing.

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