We’re heading into what could be a very important weekend for Arsenal’s immediate future and certain subjects have been debated half to death:
Emery in or out.
The Xhaka debacle.
The midfield dilemma.
So how about we change the script just for today by taking another look at a topic that has slipped down the priority list of late, namely: with the talent we have available, how should our attackers be set up to give us the best chance of scoring goals?
(After a performance where we managed one attempt on target it’s not an unreasonable question).
First a caveat: obviously the way we play in defence and midfield has an effect on how our strikers perform. But for the purposes of this exercise let’s just pretend we have a functioning team behind the strikers (I know, hogs might levitate etc) but bear with me.
In those circumstances, which strikers should be starting in our first team and in what configuration?
The options available to us are Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, Saka, Nelson, Martinelli and I think we can throw in Ozil and Ceballos if either is played as a Number 10.
My preference is Lacazette central, with Aubameyang on the left and Pepe on the right.
But I know some people have doubts about Laca and would rather see Auba in a central role.
And what about Martinelli? After a blistering start to his Arsenal career, should he be in the starting equation?
Pepe has disappointed so far, but I’m sticking with him because I’m expecting him to come good, but perhaps Saka or Nelson are better options right now?
And one addendum to this discussion: is attack an area where we need to consider strengthening in January?
Over to you…