The reason Alexandre Lacazette must be Arsenal’s main striker ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Football.London

Arsenal possess one of the most exciting attacking units in the Premier League and it’s easy to see why.

The strike partnership of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is as potent as you’re likely to find, and they’re only going to get stronger when Nicolas Pepe finds his feet.

But there’s one statistic which seems to stand out as a key reason behind Arsenal’s success.

 

According to Wyscout statistics , Lacazette has the second highest number of shots on goal per 90 minutes.

On average, the Frenchman has 4.04 shots on goal in each match, with only Ross Barkley of Chelsea having higher (4.11).

There’s been plenty of discussion around Arsenal’s attacking set-up and whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should take the central striker’s role, but based on these statistics it’s hard to look past Lacazette.

 

Lacazette has the 14th highest shots per 90 minute with an average of 3.26.

While Aubameyang has scored three goals this term compared to Lacazette’s two, the Gabon international has played significantly more minutes giving him a goal every 120 minutes compared to the Frenchman’s record of a goal every 74 minutes.

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This perhaps suggests that Lacazette is better served playing through the middle, while Aubameyang can use his pace and movement to carve out chances as he comes in from a wide position.

Either way, it must be wonderful for Unai Emery to have such a wealth of competent options in attacking areas, and that’ll no doubt serve him well over the season.

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