As the dust settles on the news that Arsene Wenger will end his 22 year association with Arsenal at the end of this season, it is pretty obvious that large parts of the squad he leaves behind him at the Emirates will need major surgery if the North London club are to challenge at the top end of the Premier League again anytime soon.
However one area of this Gunners side that will give Wenger’s successor plenty of reasons for optimism is the budding strike partnership between the clubs two most expensive signings of all time – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Funnily enough, due to injuries, squad rotation and the fact that £60 million January signing Aubameyang was ineligible for the Europa League, these two talented frontmen have only actually started two games together this season.
However, including substitute appearances their record while on the pitch together is quite frankly ridiculous, with the pair notching nine goals in just 221 minutes of playing time, or a goal every 23 minutes.
For many this superb partnership will seem strange as many predicted Aubameyang’s arrival at the Emirates would bring a rather abrupt end to Lacazette’s hopes of succeeding at the club.
Gunners boss Wenger also seemed hesitant to feature both in the same team until recently, when he decided to play Lacazette through the middle and Aubameyang off the left, a role he previously performed with distinction during his early days at Borussia Dortmund to accommodate Robert Lewandowski.
Avid followers of French football will also chuckle at Aubameyang formerly of St.Etienne and Lacazette formerly of Lyon playing so well in tandem, as their former clubs share a little known, but venomous rivalry.
Lacazette even admitted recently that he was not sure how the pair would get on due to their previous allegiances. Although Aubameyang’s classy gesture to allow his team-mate to take a penalty to end his 10 game scoring drought against Southampton recently, despite the Gabon international being on a hat-trick, soon put any fears of bad blood to bed.
While it would be foolish to not take into account the fact that due Arsenal’s top four hopes evaporating months ago, many of the talented pairs appearances together have been in pretty meaningless fixtures, and much bigger tests lie ahead next season. However, their quite simply sensational scoring record when playing together is just too good to be scoffed at either.
At least whoever does replace Wenger this summer will know that he has little to worry about in terms of where the goals are going to come from, which will free up plenty of his time to try and plug the gapping holes his predecessor has left behind him in the Gunners midfield and defence.