Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sensational for Arsenal during the second half of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. Having moved to the Emirates Stadium midway through the season, most fans expected Aubameyang to start slowly as he adjusted to the pace of English football. However, the former Borussia Dortmund man was simply sublime, notching 10 goals in 13 top-flight appearances.
Plenty of Arsenal fans were backing Aubameyang to go on and win the Golden Boot award this season after that run of form, but the Gabon star has failed to hit the ground running in 2018/19. In fact, he has gone three matches without scoring for the first time in his brief Arsenal career and supporters will be concerned by his lack of goal-scoring form.
According to Soccerway, Aubameyang had scored 158 goals in 313 league games during his professional career – an impressive return to say the least. Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be hesitant to drop the former Dortmund star; once he opens his account, he should transform into a goal machine. Write Aubameyang off at your peril, he will improve as the season goes on.
Meanwhile, fellow frontman Alexandre Lacazette has also failed to make an impact so far this season. Like Aubameyang, the Frenchman is yet to get off the mark in 2018/19 and it is surely only a matter of time until Emery decides to utilise both strikers at the same time. If Arsenal want to finish in the top four, their attacking stars must step up to the plate.
As of August 27th, Arsenal have picked up three points from their opening three games. With two fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea already out of the way, it would be foolish to read too much into their record. Their 3-1 victory over West Ham United last time out was a sign of things to come but no goals for Lacazette or Aubameyang is concerning.
Replacing the great Arsene Wenger was always going to be difficult. Some might even say it is impossible. But Emery needs to give himself a chance by changing things up – whether that is a system change or bringing in personnel. Arsenal are now 5/2 to finish in the top four this season according to the latest Premier League betting and the Gunners are in dire need of a complete switch in strategy.
Goals from midfield are always welcome but there is cause for concern when your strikers are struggling to hit the target. Arsenal fans will hope that three goals against the Hammers helps to kickstart their campaign – a top-four berth is not out of reach. Manchester United are struggling, Tottenham Hotspur are prone to slipping up and Chelsea will have their blip. Aubameyang and co can take full advantage if they stay in the mix…
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the best strikers in world football; there’s no doubt about it. However, expecting him to average a goal every 90 minutes is foolish. Unless you are a Cristiano Ronaldo or a Lionel Messi, that doesn’t happen. Aubameyang will click into top gear at some stage and the Gunners will reap rewards once he does. Watch this space, Aubameyang will still sparkle in 2018/19 despite the slow start.
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