Charlie Nicholas has questioned Arsenal pair Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when it comes to turning up in big games, ahead of the home match against Manchester City this weekend.
The Gunners host reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and will be looking to climb up the table.
They are currently sat ninth in the top-flight standings right now and caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg remains at the helm while the wait for a new manager continues.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas has taken a dig at two of Arsenal’s senior players ahead of the next fixture, which is a surprise considering they have been the best performers over the last year.
The North London club have faced five of the current top seven in the league this season, with Manchester City and Chelsea still to face in December.
Aubameyang has scored in three of those five games against Tottenham, Manchester United and Wolves, with the Liverpool and Leicester fixtures the only time he drew a blank in front of goal.
Meanwhile, strike partner Lacazette has only scored in the draw against Spurs, but did miss the Manchester United clash with injury.
“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,” Nicholas wrote for Sky Sports.
It seems odd to take a swipe at two of Arsenal’s most consistent performers and the truth is they would be in a far worse situation without them.
Aubameyang has taken on the lead role as first-choice striker and 13 goals in 20 games across all competitions this campaign shows there are no issues with him.
Meanwhile, French forward Lacazette has six goals in 13 matches and isn’t quite at his sharpest, so he could improve his overall work-rate.
He scored on Thursday in the draw against Standard Liege to boost his confidence, but was left out of the team last weekend for the league win over West Ham.
It’s going to be a colossal task for Arsenal to overcome Manchester City, but Aubameyang and Lacazette are likely to play big roles in any potential upset.