Aubameyang & Lacazette accused of going missing in big games by former Arsenal striker

goal.com, 14 December 2019, 13:16
The Gabonese and French forwards are talismanic figures for the Gunners, but Charlie Nicholas says they need to offer more when it really matters

Arsenal need Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to step up against Manchester City, with Charlie Nicholas suggesting that the pair “sometimes do not turn up” in big games.

The Gunners continue to lean heavily on their prolific frontmen.

Aubameyang has taken on captaincy duties this season, while adding another 13 goals to his impressive tally.

Lacazette, who has endured fitness issues in 2019-20, has chipped in with six – including four in his last four appearances.

Arsenal will be looking for more of the same when they face the reigning Premier League champions on Sunday, but questions are being asked of whether they can deliver.

Former Gunners star Nicholas believes a leaky defence will continue to cause problems for interim boss Freddie Ljungberg, while proven frontmen need to prove that they can produce when it matters most.

“We can guarantee goals in this one,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“Man City posted an emphatic win midweek but have major problems at the back.

“The Arsenal strikers looked as though they were more up for it and are scoring [in a 3-1 win over West Ham]. Bukayo Saka played his part in the draw at Standard Liege, as did Gabriel Martinelli off the bench - we have some real promising youngsters.

“These are the games that they haven't got a result in and I am not expecting one here.

“Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sometimes do not turn up in these games, if they get picked that is.

“I really have sympathy for Bernd Leno. He is a top-class goalkeeper but he will make mistakes as all goalkeepers do.

“He is playing behind a defence who do not protect him. There will be loads of goals in this.”

Arsenal will welcome City to Emirates Stadium sat ninth in the Premier League table.

They are seven points adrift of the Champions League places, but could cut that gap on Sunday after seeing London rivals Chelsea drop more points at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.

There are still plenty of distractions for the Gunners, though, with their struggles for consistency being done few favours by the uncertainty surrounding their managerial post – with no permanent appointment made as yet following the departure of Unai Emery.

Top News
Transfer gossip and football news LIVE: Alli axed from Tottenham squad vs Chelsea, Man United want £45m Sarr, Guardiola sack claim, Leeds agree £18m deal and chase Cantwell Manchester United 'likely' to sign two more players before transfer window closes as Jadon Sancho and Alex Telles continue to be linked Preview: Liverpool vs. Arsenal - prediction, team news, lineups Transfer insider: West Ham make £14m bid for Napoli centre-back to end defensive woes, plus Manchester United and Tottenham latest Carlos Vinicius wanted by Tottenham, Leicester and Crystal Palace but Benfica demanding £46m for transfer Chelsea 'prepared to cash in on £36m Kurt Zouma amid Everton, Leicester links' How Barcelona could line up against Celta Vigo Matt Ritchie set for months on sidelines after shoulder surgery Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to receive UEFA President's Award Oli McBurnie returns to Scotland squad for October fixtures Pione Sisto called out of international wilderness by Denmark for England clash Team News: Carlo Ancelotti set to make changes for Everton in West Ham EFL Cup tie Ryan Giggs talks up "huge" England vs. Wales showdown Preview: Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona - prediction, team news, lineups Tottenham v Chelsea LIVE commentary: Jose Mourinho faces former club in Carabao Cup fourth round clash Barcelona 'not planning any more signings after Sergino Dest' Ousmane Dembele 'arrives late for Barcelona training amid Man United links' Leeds United agree £18m deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Cuisance and line up £15m Todd Cantwell transfer next Dele Alli 'left out of Tottenham Hotspur squad again for Chelsea clash' Transfer window: The 10 best Premier League signings so far this summer Tuesday's La Liga transfer talk: Garcia, Dias, Martinez Hector Bellerin backs Arsenal identity despite Liverpool defeat Tuesday's Premier League transfer talk: Sancho, Dias, Garcia Jurgen Klopp: 'I will never forget Diogo Jota's Anfield debut for Liverpool' Arsenal team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Liverpool Aubameyang central and an exciting midfield - How Arsenal could look if they sign Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey Liverpool team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Arsenal Pep Guardiola warned 'any other manager would be sacked' as Man City boss for spending £400m on defenders without improvement to back four Dele Alli dropped: Tottenham midfielder axed AGAIN and not in Jose Mourinho's squad for Chelsea clash No Dele Alli as Tottenham make 11 changes and Chelsea start five new signings - How Spurs and the Blues could line up in the Carabao Cup
Top Games
Real Sociedad
-
Valencia
1.53 | 4.49 | 6.54
Today at 13:00
Tottenham
-
Chelsea
4.59 | 4.38 | 1.69
Today at 14:45
Dynamo Kyiv
-
Gent
Today at 15:00
Benevento
-
Inter
8.86 | 5.45 | 1.35
Tomorrow at 12:00
Udinese
-
Spezia
1.63 | 3.90 | 6.00
Tomorrow at 12:00
Huesca
-
Atletico Madrid
8.58 | 4.16 | 1.47
Tomorrow at 13:00
Burnley
-
Manchester City
7.76 | 4.90 | 1.41
Tomorrow at 14:00
Bayern Munich
-
Borussia Dortmund
Tomorrow at 14:30
Lazio
-
Atalanta
2.64 | 3.86 | 2.52
Tomorrow at 14:45
Brighton
-
Manchester Utd
3.97 | 3.74 | 1.93
Tomorrow at 14:45
Everton
-
West Ham
1.71 | 4.11 | 4.72
Tomorrow at 14:45
Real Madrid
-
Valladolid
1.25 | 6.28 | 12.70
Tomorrow at 15:30
Sevilla
-
Levante
1.44 | 4.62 | 8.07
Thu 01 Oct, 13:00
Rosenborg
-
PSV
4.63 | 4.13 | 1.68
Thu 01 Oct, 13:00
FK Sarajevo
-
Celtic
Thu 01 Oct, 14:00
Liverpool
-
Arsenal
1.99 | 3.98 | 3.56
Thu 01 Oct, 14:45
AEK Athens
-
VFL Wolfsburg
3.68 | 3.62 | 2.00
Thu 01 Oct, 14:45
Rangers
-
Galatasaray
2.14 | 3.55 | 3.37
Thu 01 Oct, 14:45
Rio Ave
-
AC Milan
4.54 | 3.58 | 1.82
Thu 01 Oct, 15:00
Tottenham
-
Maccabi Haifa
1.15 | 8.48 | 16.54
Thu 01 Oct, 15:00
Celta Vigo
-
Barcelona
5.96 | 4.57 | 1.54
Thu 01 Oct, 15:30
Fiorentina
-
Sampdoria
1.76 | 4.01 | 4.80
Fri 02 Oct, 14:45
Paris Saint Germain
-
Angers
1.12 | 9.19 | 20.28
Fri 02 Oct, 15:00
Chelsea
-
Crystal Palace
1.42 | 4.90 | 8.11
Sat 03 Oct, 07:30
Borussia Dortmund
-
SC Freiburg
1.30 | 5.76 | 9.71
Sat 03 Oct, 09:30
Eintracht Frankfurt
-
1899 Hoffenheim
2.40 | 3.59 | 2.96
Sat 03 Oct, 09:30
Vfb Stuttgart
-
Bayer Leverkusen
3.98 | 4.01 | 1.87
Sat 03 Oct, 09:30
Werder Bremen
-
Arminia Bielefeld
2.19 | 3.58 | 3.37
Sat 03 Oct, 09:30
Ural
-
CSKA Moscow
5.72 | 3.91 | 1.64
Sat 03 Oct, 09:30
Everton
-
Brighton
1.75 | 3.72 | 5.24
Sat 03 Oct, 10:00