The Wenger-out camp has finally got its wish and Arsenal fans are about to head into a Premier League season with a new manager for the first time in over twenty years.
Unai Emery has been tasked with turning the Gunners’ fortunes around and leading them to challenge at the top of the table once again. If the Spaniard is to succeed in this mission, getting the best out of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front will be crucial.
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Arsenal have traditionally lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation under Arsene Wenger, a system that the new Gunners boss was an advocate of during his time with Sevilla. However, when Emery made the switch to Paris Saint-Germain he also altered his tactics and began to organise his players in a 4-3-3 setup. If he continues with this at Arsenal, there is a chance that Lacazette and Aubameyang could line up together and begin to form a deadly partnership in front of goal.
After excelling at Lyon with 100 league goals in just over 200 appearances, Lacazette failed to impress when he moved to the Emirates last season. He only managed 14 goals in 32 top flight showings, and it seemed that Wenger didn’t know how to get the best out of the Frenchman. In fact, Lacazette’s performances were so inconsistent that he didn’t even earn a call-up to the France squad for the World Cup in Russia. Instead, Didier Deschamps decided to favour Olivier Giroud as his main striker, the player Lacazette replaced at Arsenal.
Contrastingly, Aubameyang has had a supreme start to his tenure in North London. In just 1058 minutes played in the league, the former Borussia Dortmund man managed to bag 10 goals and assist four. This is an indicator that the 29-year-old is ready to bring his prolific goalscoring form to a full campaign and challenge the big guns at the top of the scoring charts.
Arsenal are outsiders to win the title this year, and can be backed at 20/1 in the football betting to do the business. But judging on pre-season and the fact that Emery’s side don’t have Champions League football to contend with, they could be dark horses in the title race. Aubameyang and Lacazette have been playing well together and developing a friendship on and off the field.
The aspect of Emery’s influence that has fans excited the most is the fact that chemistry is beginning to blossom between Lacazette and Aubameyang. There is a feeling that the Frenchman may be able to flourish in the Spaniard’s system, while the Gabon international will carry on where he left off last term. If they can start clicking immediately in the Premier League, they could form a devastating partnership reminiscent of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in Liverpool’s 2013-14 campaign.
Lacazette and Aubameyang were both big money signings for Arsenal, and the club needs to get some return on their investment. Emery’s primary goal will be to turn these players into a formidable unit, one which could strike fear into the opposition defences.
Can the pair be our new Bergkamp and Henry? Will the pair see us challenge for top honours this term?