Arsenal are strongly expected to complete a deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month, despite having already broke their club record transfer fee to sign striker Alexandre Lacazette already this term.
The French striker started the season well, scoring plenty despite being limited in his game-time initially, but has gone off the boil since December.
Lacazette has succumb to nicknames such as ‘Lack-of-threat’ due to his struggles, and with only one goal in the last seven weeks and 11 appearances, you can hardly argue that he clocking up the necessary numbers.
We are now expected to complete a new club record deal to sign Aubameyang from Dortmund, the record which was only set in the summer to sign Alex from Lyon, but his arrival would bring uncertainty to our summer signing.
Sky Sports pundit Andy Townsend has insisted that this move could prove costly for Lacazette.
“What’s that saying about Lacazette?” he asked The Debate.
“You think of (Alvaro) Morata. Morata’s come in, they’ve spent good money on Morata and now recently Chelsea have been talking about just a support striker, someone to cover.
“There’s been lots of talk about Peter Crouch and one or two other names, Andy Carroll.
“Whereas Lacazette, they spend £50m on him, now they’re probably going to top that if they want to get this guy.
“Where does that leave him?”
Adrian Bevington tended to agree that he wasn’t sure whether the two could play together while Aubameyang would most certainly be a starter.
“I would expect, whatever happens, for Aubameyang to come in,” he said.
“I expect him to come in and I expect him to start when he does.
“Where that leaves Lacazette, whether he’ll play with him or not, I’m not certain.
“We saw the delegation out there, they want him. He is a highly regarded player, I’d be stunned if that one doesn’t happen.”
Would Aubameyang usurp Lacazette in the pecking order? Could the two form an unlikely partnership?