5 things that have gone wrong with Arsenal's season
While they’re still in the Europa League and are currently sixth in the Premier League with a decent enough chance of capturing a Champions League spot at the end of the season, it’d be hard to say that 2017/18 has been successful for Arsenal thus far.
Despite having some of the most outstanding players in the league, Arsene Wenger’s team are unbelievably inconsistent – looking like world-beaters one week and then total losers the next – and things don’t look like they’re about to settle down and improve anytime soon. Now we’re past halfway in the season, here are five things that have gone wrong with Arsenal thus far.
#5 Lacazette hasn’t been firing on all cylinders
When Arsenal announced the signing of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in the summer, the general consensus was that they finally had a striker able to compete with the best in the Premier League – the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero. After all, Lacazette had been a goal machine at Lyon – averaging 28 goals per season in the years since 2013/14. At the Emirates, however, things haven’t gone quite so smoothly.
The top scorer in the Premier League is unsurprisingly Kane. He’s scored 18 league goals thus far. Aguero has 10, as does Lukaku and Premier League new boy Alvaro Morata. The big surprises have of course been Raheem Sterling – who’s hit 14 – and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, currently on 17. Lacazette meanwhile is way behind with just 8 goals to his name thus far. For a man who set Arsenal back £46m, that amount of goals just isn’t good enough.
Granted, he could well come good yet – he’s scored goals against both Manchester teams, for instance, which is impressive – but right now it feels like Arsenal have simply signed an equal to Olivier Giroud rather than a striker who can truly replace their veteran striker. It feels like perhaps Lacazette simply scored so many goals because he was in a weaker league, rather than because he’s a legitimate world-class striker. It’s doubtful that Arsene Wenger will lose patience with him anytime soon, but if he doesn’t hit form soon then he could well end up being considered a big-money flop.