Class act! Aubameyang has class Lacazette message for Arsenal boss Emery
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has told Arsenal boss Unai Emery that he is happy to play on the left wing if Alexandre Lacazette is selected as a central striker.
The Gabon striker made a terrific start to life at the Emirates when he signed last January and scored 10 goals in just 14 Premier League fixtures, leaving Lacazette rooted on the bench and with speculation that he could depart the club.
But Emery decided to keep hold of both strikers and has faced a dilemma ahead of the new season with both Aubameyang and Lacazette competing for the role as Arsenal’s spearhead in attack.
But with Emery ready to chop and change his squad to find the perfect balance, Aubameyang has told his boss he is willing to play on the left to accommodate Lacazette, should he wish to start the Frenchman up top.
Aubameyang told ESPN: ‘We really get on well. ‘There is a spark between us when we are both on the pitch togeth
‘We look for each other, we saw it [on Sunday] against City when he came on.
‘I don’t mind playing on the left if Laca is in the centre. We both want to do our best for the team.’
Here is what we think.
The Gunners have two top-quality strikers for the first time in years, and keeping them both happy with regular game time will be a huge problem for Emery, especially as he likes to play with one up top.
But the good thing about Auba is that he is very versatile and works hard, so putting him on the left will not cause too much of a disruption to the side as he has played there on many occasions in the past.
However, the guy is a born goal-scorer and has proven he should be the man to lead the attack rather than play back-up to Lacazette, who is still finding his feet at the Emirates 12 months after moving to the club.
Emery is willing to give a number of players a real chance to prove themselves, so Lacazette will get a good stab in the side, but play Auba where he can cause most damage, right up top.