For the very first time Unai Emery put both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Arsenal’s starting line-up against Cardiff, and it paid off as they both got their names on the scoresheet, and Lacazette was given the Man Of The Match for his lively performance in our 3-2 victory.
The Gunners were hot favourites to win the game with Novibet Sports, but made hard work of beating the newly-promoted side and it was only down to our excellent strike pairing that we came away with all three points. But does this mean that Lacazette should be starting every game, either with or without Aubameyang alongside him?
There was a rumour just before the close of the transfer window that Lacazette was frustrated with not playing enough and wanted to leave Arsenal, which I hotly denied was true, and Laca himself also said it was made up when asked. “I don’t know who said this stuff, but I am at one of the best clubs in London and I am happy at Arsenal,” Lacazette said after the game, but he also said that he didn’t think that this performance would give him a certain starting place every week.
“It’s always going to be hard to be in the first XI at a club like this, but I always keep fighting and working.” Laca continued. “I won’t play every week just because of one game. Every day I have to work and show the coach I work well and I deserve my place.”
Well, he certainly doesn’t sound frustrated, although I did feel for him last year when Wenger hardly ever let him play the full 90 minutes, but he still managed to score 17 goals for us. He is obviously even more settled this season and I think he should be ready to start every game after a performance like that.
What do you think?