Alexandre Lacazette needs 27 goals against Everton to meet pre-season target

Alexandre Lacazette will have to put in the best individual performance in professional football history and then some if he is to match the goal-scoring target set by Arsenal technical director Edu last summer.

Edu insisted back in September that the Gunners front-line of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette would grab at least 40 goals between them this season – which has turned out to be very far from reality – and now as close to impossible as can be.

Aubameyang left the club with seven goals for the season, with Lacazette having only six after 23 appearances, with only one game to go against Everton at the Emirates.

That tally of 13 is a huge 27 away from the minimum of 40 that Edu expected from the two experienced strikers back in September.

Edu told Sky Sports: "The case here is we really believe in the players we have in the squad.

"Maybe other people don’t but we do. If we start to see the squad together, we believe in the squad.

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"I sit with Mikel and we see the squad.

"We have a striker [Aubameyang] there who delivers to us 25 goals every single season. We have another one [Lacazette] who delivers 15-20 goals every season."

Although that target will not be met, Gunners fans won't at all be bothered should they beat Everton and watch Norwich topple Tottenham which would hand them Champions League football.

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