Arsenal ace Alexandre Lacazette will face stiff competition following the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day, but he seemingly has a message for him.
The French international became the club’s record signing following his £52.6m arrival from Lyon last summer, as reported by BBC Sport, and he was tasked with being the prolific goalscorer needed at the Emirates.
It hasn’t quite gone to plan for the 26-year-old as he’s managed just nine goals in 28 appearances in all competitions so far this season, and coupled with Alexis Sanchez’s exit last month, Arsene Wenger opted to bring in Aubameyang for a £60m fee that eclipsed Lacazette’s to make him the club’s new record signing, as per Sky Sports.
With Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to also fit into his starting line-up, it remains to be seen whether or not Wenger can accommodate the quartet or is forced to rotate and leave his attacking stars to scrap for a place in the team.
Lacazette has welcomed his new teammate to north London, as seen in his Instagram post below, but ultimately more will be made of it given he’s chosen an image of him appearing to slot home an effort in training with Aubameyang watching on in the background.
In contrast, he captions it: “Welcome in the team, good to work with you bro”, and in truth, it’s in their best interests to work together, help each other improve and fire Arsenal to honours while singing from the same hymn sheet.
With a battle for a top-four finish ahead coupled with their ongoing involvement in the Europa League, Wenger will need options and so all will likely have a part to play.
However, given their similar characteristics, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Lacazette and Aubameyang are competing for the same spot in front of Mkhitaryan and Ozil pulling the strings behind them, and so time will tell who Wenger gives the nod to.