Frank Lampard admits he is ready to hand Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a lifeline when Chelsea and Arsenal lock horns on Tuesday.
Emirates Stadium forms the backdrop for an all-London Premier League contest tomorrow as the Blues seek their first league win since early March.
Since being handed interim charge of the downtrodden west London outfit at the beginning of April, Lampard has lost all five competitive matches by an aggregate score of 9-1.
A lack of prolificacy has been Chelsea’s Achilles heel this season, but there’s a feeling the crisis is deepening with each matchday passing, and something has to be done quickly.
The Pensioners’ frontline has been the team’s weak link, with Kai Havertz, Joao Felix and Mykhailo Mudryk performing below expectations, as evidenced by their sub-par attacking output.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, with Lampard considering Aubameyang as a potential solution for his side’s underwhelming scoring exploits ahead of Tuesday’s cross-town trip to Arsenal.
“Possibly, because we all think sometimes a player going back to their old club gives a certain motivation,” the ex-midfielder said, as quoted by The Athletic.
“I haven’t delved into that too much with Auba himself, so I’ll pick that position based on my feeling of how they’ve trained and what the team structure looks like.”
Aubameyang enjoyed a fruitful four-year stint at Arsenal, captaining the Gunners to FA Cup glory in 2020 before having a fallout with the club’s hierarchy and departing the Emirtes by mutual consent in February 2022.
The 33-year-old linked up with Barcelona a year ago and went from strength to strength during his brief spell at Spotify Camp Nou, netting 13 times in 24 appearances in all competitions.
However, the Blaugrana’s financial turmoil forced Aubameyang’s return to the Premier League last summer as Chelsea brought the Gabon international back to London.
Unfortunately, nothing has gone the striker’s way since moving back to England.
He has scored just once in 14 Premier League outings this season, which hasn’t deterred Barcelona from placing him at the top of their transfer list going into the summer transfer window.
But if Lampard’s idea of reigniting Aubameyang’s career at Stamford Bridge comes to fruition this midweek, the La Liga champions-elect may have to look elsewhere.
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