Not first choice
Arsene Wenger has never been fully convinced with Alexandre Lacazette, and didn’t really want to sign the forward in the summer apparently.
That’s according to Craig Burley, who thinks that Wenger wanted other players, but after failing to bring in his top targets, the Gunners boss turned his attention to Lacazette, who started fairly well in the Premier League, but who has fallen off the pace dramatically and is not only struggling for goals but is now injured and facing six weeks on the sidelines after seeing another forward come into the club to replace him as well.
The ESPN pundit said: “He’s been in the spotlight Lacazette, he comes in in the summer as a big signing,.
“I don’t want to be harsh on him, I don’t want to be harsh on any player, but I kind of think Wenger brought him in because he didn’t get the top-level striker that he wanted.
“So he went down to the next level and brought in a very good player from France.
He’s left him out of some key games, which was strange, or maybe told a story.
“Then obviously the chase for Aubameyang and securing Aubameyang was going to shove Lacazette onto the sidelines.
“We saw him come off the bench in the north London derby, missed a couple of chances, it happens, confidence is low and off the back of that now he is injured.”
Signing Auba was huge for the Gunners, and their fans were elated when Wenger and the board managed to pull off the deal – and despite seeing Alexis Sanchez leave for Manchester United, the transfer window was far from the expected disaster for the club.
However, they do have something of a forward crisis issue for the Europa League on Thursday, with Auba of course not in the squad, and the injury to Lacazette and sale of Giroud meaning they only have Danny Welbeck who doesn’t inspire confidence at the best of times, yet even he will be expecting some goals come Thursday.