Arsenal fans react as star duo doubts for Chelsea game
Arsenal’s forward woes
The Gunners struggled in front of goal last season, netting just 55 goals in the Premier League. As a result, despite having the third-best defensive record, they found themselves finishing in a disappointing eighth place.
Their creative issues are well documented, and a move for Martin Odegaard is seemingly in the pipeline. Further forward though, could there be more sweeping changes?
Lacazette and Aubameyang both doubts for next weekend
Hours before their season opener, Arsenal were deprived of both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the pair being ruled out through unspecified illness.
🚨 Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang + fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette are both unwell & therefore will not be available for their side’s opening game of the new Premier League season at Brentford tonight @TheAthleticUK #AFC #BrentfordFC #BREARS https://t.co/RFFL2fWNPH
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 13, 2021
On the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat to new boys Brentford, further bad news compounded their misery, with Football.London reporting that both remain doubts for the Gunners’ next game, against Chelsea at The Emirates.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are both doubtful for Arsenal’s game against Chelsea next week #AFC https://t.co/k8iHHOevug
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 14, 2021
The club themselves would not be drawn on the situation, Arteta simply saying that:
“[Aubameyang and Lacazette] feel unwell, that’s all I can say.”
Mikel Arteta speaking to Sky Sports about the absence of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: “They feel unwell, that’s all I can say.”
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 13, 2021
Predictably, Arsenal fans were quick to speculate on the future of the pair, who so often seem inseparable.
Aubameyang and Lacazette already being ruled out of a game in 8 days time is all kinds of funky.
No help in speculating as it must be serious.
— Pain In The Arsenal (@PainInThArsenal) August 14, 2021
I reckon Lacazette and Aubameyang have had a big fallout with the manager this doesn’t seem right….or are the club trying to sell them both….
— Curtis Shaw (@curtisshaw9) August 14, 2021
Aubameyang and Lacazette are already ruled out of the Chelsea game with illness? It’s over a week away. How would we know they’re going to be ill a week in advance?
Either we’re trying to get rid of them, or they’ve revolted against Arteta. Or both. Only logical explanations.
— GoonerTalk (@GoonerTaIk) August 14, 2021
Definitely something odd going on with Lacazette and Aubameyang.
How can you know over a week in advance that they’ll still be out with illness unless it’s something very serious?
Coincidental that it’s the 2 best mates in the club as well…
— James (@JECook96) August 14, 2021
Both Lacazette and Aubameyang are ‘ill’….#AFC #Aubameyang #Lacazette pic.twitter.com/eB0A3Bxe4o
— Thoughts of a Gunner (@TOAGunner) August 14, 2021
Clearly then, the Arsenal fanbase (perhaps infuriated by the lack of transparency from the club over the issue), have speculated the worst possible outcome. They are not the only ones either, with Mirror reports that Aubameyang’s Arsenal career could be over with the club “ready to sell” their captain.
Arsenal ‘ready to sell’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they chase transfer replacementhttps://t.co/b5YwEYliJG pic.twitter.com/KkDa7Nb7TZ
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) August 13, 2021
If both were somehow to be shifted out of the club, what would the Gunners forward line look like?
Tammy Abraham hopes on the ropes
One player who has been linked with Arsenal for much of the summer is out-of-favour Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham, with the forward having hardly featured for Thomas Tuchel since January.
As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are “still in the race” for Abraham, but that Roma “have an agreement in place” for the English striker.
AS Roma have an agreement in place with Chelsea for Tammy Abraham: €40m plus add ons on a permanent deal. Chelsea want a buy-back clause included. 🔵 #CFC
…but Tammy has not accepted yet – Roma are pushing, José Mourinho called him. Arsenal still in the race. #AFC @SkySport
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 14, 2021
Would he be the man to fire Arsenal back towards European places?
More minutes for Martinelli?
Meanwhile, Gabriel Martinelli could be the latest youngster thrust front and centre (figuratively if not literally), with additional minutes potentially available were Aubameyang to depart the club. The Brazilian is very highly thought of amongst the fanbase, but at just 20 years old, may struggle to make an impression alongside the equally youthful Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.
Departures or not, it is clear that Arsenal have a major problem going forward, and that solutions need to be found imminently.
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