Why Alexandre Lacazette injury could be brilliant for one Arsenal player
Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubmameyang could benefit from Alexandre Lacazette’s injury, according to Jamie Redknapp.
Lacazette, 28, will be out until October after picking up an ankle injury, leaving the Gunners short of options up top ahead of a heavy seven-game schedule over the next three weeks.
The north London club revealed that he had been playing through an “ongoing ankle issue” for a number of weeks and will now be unavailable for the next month.
The Frenchman had started the season well, scoring twice in his first three appearances.
But Redknapp believes Aubameyang – who is forced to play out wide to accommodate Lacazette when he’s fit and firing – could flourish in a more central role while he’s out.
“The loss of Alexandre Lacazette until October could be an opportunity in disguise for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,” he told the Daily Mail.
“He can be lethal when used centrally rather than on the left.
“He got two goals against Watford. Let’s see how many more he can bang in over the coming weeks.”
Aubameyang’s brace gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead at Vicarage Road yesterday.
Tom Cleverley capitalised on a Sokratis mistake to pull one back in the 53rd minute, before substitute Roberto Pereyra scored from the spot with nine minutes remaining after being brought down in the box by David Luiz.
And the hosts were extremely unfortunate not to snatch a late win when Abdoulaye Doucoure squandered a golden opportunity from close range in stoppage time.
Granit Xhaka claimed the Gunners were “too scared” in yesterday’s draw, while insisting they were happy with a point in the end.
“No-one wanted the ball. In the end we are happy to take a point,” he told Sky Sports.
“We didn’t show our game in the second half, we were too scared.
“Every team in the Premier League is strong enough to score but you have to keep calm, to show good character, to be mentally strong. We weren’t today.”