18th August, 2018
The way things are presently going on at Arsenal, no one should be too surprised to see a pairing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette together in attack in order to ignite the Arsenal attacking department as quickly as possible.
This much was divulged by the new Gunner’s Manager Unai Emery.
The France international Lacazette lost out in the pecking order in the Gunner’s attack after the arrival of Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in January before missing out on a spot in the Les Bleus’ triumphant World Cup squad.
Before all of that, Lacazette had arrived arrived at Emirates Stadium from Lyon for a club-record fee believed to be in the region of £52million last year.
Now seems to be time to experiment with playing both at the same time in order to get the attack going better than the new manager met it.
He actually started with the experiment already as he paired the duo during pre-season with the introduction of Lacazette alongside Aubemeyang which was marked by a noticeable improvement in the Arsenal attack in the game the team lost out 2-0 to Premier League champions, Manchester City.
It remains to be seen however if the coach will want to try such an experiment at Stamford Bridge this afternoon with the stakes set so high.
“The possibility to play Aubameyang and Lacazette is okay because we tried that in pre-season,” the Arsenal Manager told reporters ahead of the keenly anticipated London derby against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
“Each match is different, each match is a different possibility. Against Manchester City, the last 25, 30 minutes they played together.
“For me it’s about finding the good balance for all that we want in attacking moments and defensive moments.
“I want to look at every player together, how to get Aubameyang and Lacazette scoring more goals, whether as one or together.”
So what do the players involved think about this option?
Aubameyang sees this possible link-up with Lacazette as a potential route to success. This is what he had to say on the issue:
“We really get on well,” he said. “There is a spark between us when we are both on the pitch together.
“We look for each other, we saw it against City when he came on. I don’t mind playing on the left if Laca is in the centre.
And so, the stage seems set for a new way of play at least in the Arsenal F.C. attacking department.