Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 3 game suspension means that Arsenal will travel to Stamford Bridge without him, with hardly a hope of winning.
Arsenal are poor away from home – this has become common knowledge in world football over the last few seasons. In the Premier League away table, Arsenal sit in a measly 9th place, with just 2 wins from 11 matches so far. Along with just 2 wins, they have scored just 12 goals in those 11 away matches, with top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring 9 of those – 75%.
Now, Arteta and his team will travel to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday without the man who has carried the Gunners on his back away from home this season, after he picked up a straight red card for a tackle on Max Meyer against Crystal Palace on the weekend.
The goalscoring boots must now be passed onto Alexandre Lacazette, but unfortunately for Arsenal and their fans, he hasn’t been able to find the back of the net for some time now, and especially away from home, Lacazette is a rather ineffective player.
Against Sheffield United at the weekend Arsenal could most certainly pull a result out of the bag since they’ll be at the Emirates, but nobody other than Aubameyang seems to be taking any sort of responsibility away from home, and the Gunners will likely suffer at Stamford Bridge without him.
It has now been nearly an entire calendar year since Alexandre Lacazette last scored away from home in the Premier League (vs Huddersfield on February 9th, 2019). This is by far his biggest flaw – lacking the intensity, stamina, presence, and overall quality to make an impact when the going gets tough. If you’re expecting Lacazette to come up with the goods against Chelsea, you might want to think again.
If Mikel Arteta’s team is to get something out of the match against Chelsea, it will likely come down to Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli, or Mesut Ozil. The former 2, in particular, have shown that they are capable of performing away from home, and both are more than capable of finding the scoresheet.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is going to be a huge miss for Arsenal over the next few matches, as they look to get their season back on course with a string of victories. The Gunners are already poor enough away from home, but if you take Aubameyang out of the equation, they genuinely might be among the worst away teams in Europe’s top 5 leagues, let alone the Premier League.
There are many teams breathing down the Gunners’ neck in the Premier League table, and having to play away to Chelsea without their best away performer by far is going to be an extremely tough test – one that they likely cannot overcome.