There are a couple of uncomfortable truths relating to Arsenal right now.
The first is, for all their structural improvements under Mikel Arteta, results are no better now than when Unai Emery was at the helm.
The second is that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£4.5m) has been a shadow of his former self this season — an unfortunate regression that occurred around the time he signed a contract that made him one of the Premier League’s highest-paid players.
Most would have predicted the Gabon forward would be the Gunners’ top scorer this season, and he is, but only if you include the Community Shield (a fixture not included in Dream Team scoring).
Otherwise, Aubameyang is level with Alexandre Lacazette (£3.8m) on 13 goals in all competitions, with the Frenchman pipping his team-mate in terms of league goals.
The former Lyon marksman edges the head-to-head from a Dream Team perspective with 115 points to Aubameyang’s 105.
Take a look at a statistical comparison between the two…
The picture is clear, Aubameyang is more expensive and more popular but falls short in terms of the metrics that really matter.
And perhaps Lacazette has something to offer Dream Team bosses at the business end of the season?
Arsenal have a relatively favourable run-in and will fancy their chances of progressing to the Europa League semi-finals after drawing Slavia Prague in the quarters.
Lacazette plundered 14 points during the Gunners’ comeback against West Ham last weekend for his second-biggest Game Week haul of 2020/21.
He’s now just 15 points from breaking into the top ten forwards and it’s hard to see Arteta moving away from Lacazette as the centre-forward for the remainder of the campaign.