Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has provided Arsene Wenger with a big challenge, warns Gary Neville
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan can’t play together, posing Arsene Wenger a major challenge, warns Gary Neville.
The Arsenal strike force has been altered dramatically during the transfer window.
With Alexis Sanchez heading to Manchester United, two new forwards have arrived while Ozil has committed his long-term future to the Gunners.
It gives Wenger some incredible options, but using them at once could prove impossible.
‘Those four are so attacking I can’t think of a defensive mind among them,’ says Manchester United legend Neville.
‘I watched Mkhitaryan at United, he doesn’t defend. Ozil, when he wants to he can, but he doesn’t really want to put it in defensively. They’re going to leave huge spaces.’
The situation poses Wenger a problem he will have to try and resolve on the training pitch.
‘That is the problem – how do you fit all four in the same team? I’m not quite sure that will happen.
‘It doesn’t look like a natural fit, so Arsene Wenger has got some big challenges on the training field to make those four into a unit that works.’
Many predict Lacazette will be forced to make way, possibly being given Europa League duties with Aubameyang ineligible to play in the tournament.
Neville feels that would be harsh on the French forward, who only joined over the summer.
‘I think Lacazette, having watched him the last few months, he is making the right movements, he is making the right runs,’ Neville told Sky Sports.
‘He is actually getting into the right areas.
‘With better service, better balls and a bit more luck it will come for him I think.
‘But how he fits alongside Aubameyang I’m not sure.’