If Arsenal win every one of their five remaining Premier League fixtures, their 69 point tally would still represent their worst season since the 2010/11 campaign.
In short, it’s been a season to forget as far as the Premier League is concerned.
Arsene Wenger’s side are currently 14 points adrift of north London rivals Spurs, who occupy fourth spot.
However, rather remarkably, this season could yet be a success for the Gunners.
That’s because they’re through to the semi-finals of the Europa League, where they will meet Atletico Madrid.
Winning the competition would not only see them lift a prestigious trophy, but it would mean they also qualify for Champions League football next season.
But if they’re to triumph in Lyon on May 16, they will have to do it without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
AUBAMEYANG IS CUP-TIED FOR EUROPA LEAGUE
The striker has scored six goals in eight league matches since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January but is ineligible for the Europa League due to participating in the Champions League with the German side.
It’s a rule that has since been scrapped by UEFA but that’s no consolation for Arsenal.
Instead, the north London side will have to rely on Alexander Lacazette to lead the line.
The Frenchman hasn’t been quite so successful since his £46.5 million move in the summer, only managing 13 goals in 34 matches in all competitions.
While Gooners haven’t been convinced by Lacazette, it seems his strike partner was also a little bit wary at first.
Aubameyang assisted Lacazette against Newcastle at the weekend but the Gabon international has admitted he “wasn’t 100 percent sure” about Lacazette when he first arrived.
“My friend Lacazette was at Lyon when I was at St Etienne,” Aubameyang said per the Evening Standard. “He’s a player I appreciate and was good for me when I arrived here as he’s a nice person, very positive.
“I wasn’t 100 percent sure about him when I came here as there were some Lyon players I didn’t get on well with but he wasn’t someone I had problems with when I played against them.
“I’m really happy to get to know someone so positive and he helped me settle into the dressing room.”
Just as well!
In fact, Aubameyang and Lacazette have immediately formed a great relationship.
When Aubameyang was on a hat-trick against Stoke, he allowed Lacazette to take a penalty because he was returning from injury.
“I know Alexandre Lacazette is back and I had scored twice already so I knew it would be good for his confidence,” he said after the match.
From not being sure about him to being best buddies within a couple of months…
Nice work, Pierre.
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