Posted on August 24, 2018 by ADMIN

Lacazette set to stay on the Arsenal bench against West Ham?

Just about every Arsenal fan is desperate to see Aubameyang and Lacazette playing alongside each other on a regular basis, especially at home against ‘weaker’ sides like West Ham. But it would appear that Unai Emery has ruled out the possibility for the time being as the Spaniard said in the pre-match press conference: “At the moment, no. At the moment, I think we need to have the control with the possession, with the positioning on the pitch, with more players inside. And after this possession, to do the attacking moments and defending moments with this balance.

“But, it is one possibility to continue in our progress and in one moment to try also to play with two scorers. In the last match of the pre-season, against Lazio, I did it with Lacazette and Nketiah. But also, this position also for the players, they know that in one moment we can do that. But at the moment, no.”

So either Lacazette or Aubameyang is going to be on the bench, and it is perfectly feasible that Auba could be the one missing out after his incredible miss against Chelsea, but when he was asked about The Gabon hitman’s form in training, Emery said: “The first is to create chances, situations and attacking moments where the player arrive in the box and with the balance to use the small space the opposition gives us. And then, I am sure they are going to score if we create a lot of chances in the game.

“The first idea for us on Saturday is to create these chances and then the players’ confidence for starting to arrive in the box, to score. Maybe the players can not score three good chances in one match and on another day, I am sure they are going to do maybe the same chances in one match and score three. For that, Aubameyang is a player who, in his career, has scored a lot and he is going to do that here also.”

So it looks like Emery doesn’t want to dent Auba’s confidence, and hopefully we will get a hatful tomorrow to get him off the mark and back into prolific form.

But where does that leave Lacazette? Why, back on the bench of course!

Darren N

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20 thoughts on “Lacazette set to stay on the Arsenal bench against West Ham?

  1. Dory

    The question posed to Emry was not if Auba and Laca would play together rather it was “Would you be playing with 2 strikers up top?” to that he said no. In the preseason, when Auba and Laca played together Laca played up top and Auba out wide. So Emry was able to keep the formation with one striker; he just played auba as a winger. His answer to the questions did NOT rule out that they could play together. What is did rule out was that they would not play together as strikers.

  2. Innit

    I think Emery will choose a team like this
    4231
    …………………………..Cech
    Lichtsteiner…Mustafi..Sokratis…Monreal
    ….Torreira/Guendouzi…Ramsey/Xhaka
    ..Mkhitaryan…………Ozil………..Iwobi
    …………………….Aubameyang

  3. Luckyville

    I prefer this lineup
    4231
    …………………………..Leno
    Lichtsteiner…Mustafi..Sokratis…Monreal
    ………… Torreira………..Guendouzi
    Iwobi……………Mkhitarian…………Aubameyang
    …………………….….Lacazette

  4. ackshay

    He is not going to play with 2 strikers up front because nowadays with midfield domination being this important playing a 4-4-2 or 4-1-3-2 would be tactical suicide even vs the weak sides. I would love to see both laca and auba starting up front and getting 50 goals between them but only way they play is 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 with auba wide like ronaldo for real making runs from the wide while lacazette drops deep to link up play which is both players best attributes.

  5. pires

    Auba was awful against Chelsea.But even Lacca gave a terrible “assist” for the third goal.So the team is perhaps lacking confidence right now.

  6. ackshay

    By the way lots of ex players facing us tomorrow with fabianski, lucas and wilshere. Add to that the pest that is arnautovic who is a big danger for us. knows how to time his runs and finishes well.

  7. Sarmmie

    As much as I want to keep faith in Emery and his decisions, I would be totally annoyed if lacazette starts on the bench tomorrow, even if we win.

  8. msty

    this will be the assuming to sudden injuries
    cech
    bell sok mus monl
    torr guen
    miki ozil iwobi
    auba….

    FYI it’s not a prediction it’s a spoiler…

      1. ozziegunner

        Lichtsteiner must start over Bellerin; otherwise Emery is rewarding poor performance. Also if Aubameyand misfires against West Ham, then Lacazette should start ahead of him in the next game, if Emery sticks to his playing one or the other, not both.

  9. JJPawn

    The team to build for this group of players is a 3-4-1-2. The #10 role is mean for Ozil and Mhki, and two should not play together, as they thinkers of the game who can create goals. That is the way to get the full value from them. What Wenger was trying to do was also building a great defense, and he had Czech, but others are needed. The current back line is thin, and we should use only three allowing fresh legs for each game.

    The 3412 allows use of fire power, and also domination of the middle, which is how to stop the likes of City, United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham. Once they have breached the middle it is too late, as our backs are slow, and unable to keep up with a small, sharp player or a powerful quick player. Those attacks have to stopped in the middle or at least slowed down by crowding the middle. The use of wingbacks will allow us to be narrow enough and force attack on us to the out side.

    ………………………..…..…………………….……..Cech/Leno………………………………..……….………
    ……….Bellerin/Lichtsteiner…………Koz/Mustafi/Sokratis…………Monreal/Kolasanic/Lichtsteiner
    Ramsay/Niles/Bellerin.….Torreira/Elneny…..Guendouzi/Xhaka/Ramsay…..Welbeck/Iwobi/Niles
    …………………………………………………Mkhitaryan/Ozil……………………………………………….
    ……………………………………..……Laca………………….…….Aubameyang…………………………..

    You do not ask the #10 position to do any chasing of the ball! Do not ask a Ferrari to clean the road! The forwards can opportunistically pounce, but not run like fools all the time and get hurt. Their collective focus is to score. Ask the wing-backs to pressure and they can be subbed after running their legs out and before injury. Slower middle, fast outside.

    We need to smash Westham. That means something like 4-0 at least. It means unleashing the attackers with enough through balls. Guendouzi is good at the longer ball, so is Xhaka. Torreira or Elneny has to shadow the ball, and prevent attackers from getting through to the back three. The cute passes should left to the specialists. I would like to see Xhaka and others takes shots from outside the box on occasion, but with orders to keep the ball lower for deflections, etc.–such shots force the opposing team to focus on more than forwards and wingers.

    If the Hammer press our build up play, pass over them to the wings or wherever there is an overload and get the attack going fast and more direct.

    Emery’s tactics of pressing can work to improve this team, but not by asking the prized attackers to look silly or by asking Czech to play the ball despite danger.

    1. ozziegunner

      JJPawn, you and I agree with Arsenal’s apparent reluctance to shoot from outside the box. Last season Xhaka and elneny were curtailed and I’d hate to see that continue this season, as it limits scoring opportunities.

  10. Gifted

    I would love to see this line up but I know its not gonna happen
    4231

    Leno
    Lich. Mustafi. Papa. Montreal

    Guendouzi. Torreira

    Nelson. Iwobi Auba

    Lacazette

  11. John0711

    If he sticks with Xhaka and ozil it will show he’s not different than Wenger what ever the result
    Both have underperformed in the last two games and should be dropped

    1. Thomo

      The difference between emery & wenger is that emery is giving people a chance to get used to a new system and then weed out the ones who can’t play it ,wenger just had blind faith in them

  12. Hez

    I never understood how Anautovic never played for a big team, he is a better Giroud. He is a better target man; his headers actually reach teammates, good linkup play, faster, can dribble and a good finisher. A good tactical manager can build a devastating team around him

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