Arsenal Have Excellent Competition in Attack
Narratives change fast in football. One week all your forwards are hopeless and need their contracts cancelling, the next they’re undroppable.
Can a reasonable case for one of either Pepe, Saka or Lacazette being taken out of the side be drawn up? For Saka, of course not, and for the other two they’re digging their heels in well enough to join him.
Arsenal don’t have another No. 9 who operates like Lacazette, and for a player who is a confidence striker if there ever was one, his presence in the team isn’t under threat – and not just because there is no competition.
Then there is the Ivorian. The reborn Ivorian. That’s now three matches where Pepe has been one of the star performers on the pitch. Uncharted territory.
His goal was one the Pepe of two weeks ago would’ve skied, and he’s even pressing by his own accord now without the need of instruction from elsewhere. It’s as close as we’ve seen to the ‘Lille Pepe’. It’s only three games, but it’s three of his best.
Then, on the bench, there is the top scorer of the last two seasons and captain, as well as the Golden Boy and ‘New Ronaldo’. Every ideal team sheet being scribbled down by fans earlier this season would’ve had these two taking up two thirds of the front line. Look where we are now. Competition.
Not been able to say that for a while.