Bromance blooming on the pitch
Arsenal fans are loving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette’s partnership during their side’s Europa League clash with Valencia.
Both Aubameyang and Lacazette were marquee signings for Arsenal in 2017 and 2018 respectively, signing from Borussia Dortmund and Lyon.
However, despite the two having immense talent between them, it’s often been one or the other in north London.
When Lacazette plays, Aubameyang is usually on the bench, and vice versa.
However, it’s been a different story in recent months.
Unai Emery has started to utilise Aubameyang and Lacazette as a pair, and it’s paying off.
That’s because the two combined again on Thursday evening to give Arsenal an all-important away goal in their tie with Valencia.
Auba strikes against the run of play
Unai Emery’s Gunners travelled to the Mestalla with a 3-1 aggregate lead, looking to make the Europa League final.
While Arsenal were the favourites to qualify, it didn’t look so cut and dry within the first 15 minutes.
Valencia started strongly and cut Arsenal open numerous times.
Kevin Gameiro then went on to score in the 11th minute, and the Spanish side kept up the pressure.
Rodrigo went close shortly after, though his effort was accidentally blocked by Gameiro on the line.
Valencia continued to push and then, out of nowhere, Aubameyang struck like lighting in the 17th minute.
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A long ball down the pitch was brilliantly flicked on by Lacazette towards strike partner Aubameyang, who raced through on goal and struck a sweet half volley which arrowed into the bottom corner.
That goal was the eighth time this season that one of Lacazette or Aubameyang has set the other up for a goal.
The pair combined for a second time near the end of the first-half but Lacazette’s effort scraped the outside of the post.
As such, on the back of their first-half performance, the pair are quickly being recognised as one of the best strike duos in football right now.
Arsenal hit back!!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabs a massive away goal…
Brilliant from Lacazette, and a clinical finish pic.twitter.com/fzhsHdwtvZ
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 9, 2019
Arsenal fans react to Auba & Lacazette partnership
Safe to say, Arsenal fans are very happy with Aubameyang and Lacazette’s blooming relationship.
And they took to social media in numbers during the game to praise their strike duo:
Aubameyang & lacazette though
— Andrew (@_AndrewRW) May 9, 2019
I dread to think where we’d be this season if we didn’t have Aubameyang and Lacazette up front.
— Milo (@MiloBOK) May 9, 2019
I genuinely think if it wasn’t for Aubameyang and Lacazette we would have faced a relegation this year lmao
— Graeme Williamson (@lord_graeme) May 9, 2019
Break up Facebook if you want, but never, ever break up Lacazette and Aubameyang
— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) May 9, 2019
I about ready to put Aubameyang & Lacazette on my personal Mount Rushmore.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) May 9, 2019
Lacazette and Aubameyang jubilation was damn wonderful #Afc
— Owolabi – Arsenal #1 Fan (@Diego_Nakel) May 9, 2019
Aubameyang – Lacazette connection.
— LB (@LekanBaruwa) May 9, 2019
There hasn’t been a better strike parternship than Aubameyang and Lacazette since Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole
— karan (@KKKhushal) May 9, 2019
Aubameyang and Lacazette’s partnership is unreal
— James (@__JamesH) May 9, 2019
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 9, 2019
Lacazette and Aubameyang’s combined stats at #Arsenal…
– Games: 148
– Goals: 72
– Assists: 29
Dynamic. Duo. pic.twitter.com/2FxK8dxWes
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) May 9, 2019