The biggest casualty of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s impending move to Arsenal appears to be Alexandre Lacazette, with the Frenchman set to be displaced according to reports.
Arsenal are believed to have finally agreed a club-record deal with Borussia Dortmund for Aubameyang and will make him the highest paid player at the Emirates on £180,000-a-week. An announcement is expected imminently, though the deal may not be good news for everybody at Arsenal, with L’Equipe claiming it will be ‘impossible’ for Lacazette to keep his place. Aubameyang’s arrival could be bad news for Lacazette, who looks set for a place on the wing… or worse.
The Frenchman arrived from Lyon for a then club-record £52m, though Aubameyang’s fee will just eclipse that, and has only scored nine Premier League goals so far this season – division top scorer Harry Kane has over twice as many. And the French publication report that it will be Lacazette who makes way for Aubameyang to come into the starting XI, with the Gabon forward the undisputed new central starting striker.
Aubameyang’s contract details revealed as Arsenal close in on £60m transfer One of the two players was likely to be redeployed on the flank, having both played that role earlier in their careers, and Arsene Wenger seems to have decided it is Lacazette who will be sacrificed. The 26-year-old played more of a support role when he was emerging at Lyon, flanking the likes of Bafetimbi Gomis, while Wenger has had concerns over his physicality and ability to lead the line on his own in the Premier League.
Lacazette has had a mixed start to life at Arsenal, scoring a modest nine goals Lacazette has routinely been substituted early in matches, playing the full 90 minutes in just six of his 24 appearances in the Premier League. Wenger’s priority appears to be reuniting Aubameyang with his former Borussia Dortmund teammates Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who was traded with Alexis Sanchez – while Mesut Ozil will round off the likely front three.