Alan Smith: Arsenal needs to reinforce their attacking ranks
Arsenal’s attacking line is lacking consistency as neither Willian nor Pepe has not been able to reach their ideal form in the current season. In addition to that, Aubameyang’s performances have not been at the same level as his form in previous seasons. Ahead of the Gunners’ Sunday match against Leeds United, Alan Smith has spoken about Arteta’s requirements in attacking positions as the team needs greater firepower.
“I'm sure Mikel Arteta would like to add to the players he's already got
“Willian's come in and not quite reached the levels he had at Chelsea, Pepe is hot and cold, for £70-odd million, that's been a disappointing signing so far, Alexandre Lacazette hasn't kicked on from his first season as well.
“Eddie Nketiah is a little inexperienced to lean on week-in, week-out, and Gabriel Martinelli is still a way off, as good as he is. So, that is an area that Arteta might be a little worried about.”
Smith added on Aubameyang, who has just four goals to his name across all competitions this season: “There's still some concerns, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn't quite himself, I think he's only got one in open play this season, and that's just not him.
“Arsenal have leant on him too heavily, you've got to have other players stepping up, but they need to bounce back. They need to bounce back from that Villa defeat.”
Arsenal will play against Leeds United on Sunday before continuing their Europa League campaign with a match against Molde three days later.