Alan Smith has given his take on the current form of Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in The London Evening Standard.
The former Arsenal striker, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, believes that France international forward Lacazette is in a slump.
Smith has defended Aubameyang from criticism, and believes that it is time that manager Mikel Arteta starts the 31-year-old striker centrally.
The Englishman wrote in The London Evening Standard: “Some say he is wasted on the left, but I can’t agree with that when he has shone so brightly from that position in the past.
“Mind you, his success from that flank partly depends on the centre-forward’s input and Alexandre Lacazette has fallen into a slump that’s not helping. It might be time to move the captain inside.
“As for the accusation Aubameyang has lost his hunger after signing that humongous contract, I’m not having that. The 31-year-old doesn’t seem the type to coast along. He likes scoring too much to be going through the motions.”
Aubameyang has scored two goals and provided one assist in eight Premier League matches and has scored one goal in 29 Europa League games for Arsenal so far this season, according to WhoScored.
According to WhoScored, Lacazette, 29, has scored three goals in seven league matches and has played 84 minutes in the Europa League for the Gunners so far this campaign.
Need to improve
Lacazette has not been in great form, and perhaps it is time for Arteta to play Aubameyang centrally.
The Gabon international striker has to step up his game as well and has to get back to scoring ways, as he is the Gunners’ main player in attack.