There have been many predictions about where Arsenal are likely to end up in the Premier League table in Unai Emery’s first season at the club, and there are very few that seem to believe that the Gunners will even make the Top Six never mind the Top Four.
But in Aubameyang and Lacazette we have two top quality strikers, and on the evidence so far it would appear that Emery is playing the ‘we will score more than you’ card at the moment, because our defence does not seem to have improved in the slightest since Emery’s arrival. But the Gunners legend Emmanuel Petit doesn’t think that even those two top hitmen scoring regularly will be enough to enable Arsenal to challenge at the top of the table. “Arsenal’s defence is still a long way from the level needed to compete with the top four teams in the Premier League,” Petit said.
“We saw it again against Cardiff. It is a recurring problem, that dates back years with Arsenal. It has never been fixed, neither by Unai Emery, nor Arsene Wenger, nor the players out on the pitch.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette can score 40 to 50 Premier League goals a season between them if they are picked to start matches.
“But even with these two, Arsenal won’t be able to finish in the top three if they don’t sort out their defensive problems.”
So basically we just have to hope that Emery can somehow change our leaky defence. But with the personel the Spaniard has at his disposal is that even possible?