In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, Arsenal new boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been speaking at length about his time at the Gunners.
Topics discussed included: His relationship with both Unai Emery and Alexandre Lacazette and also Arsenal’s first game of the season vs Manchester City.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Unai Emery and Alexandre Lacazette
Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal in January of 2018 for a fee of around £57.38 million.
Since joining the Gunners, Aubameyang has made 15 appearances for them, in which he has scored 10 and assisted four, a very impressive record.
Aubameyang is not the only fresh face at Arsenal this year though, as Unai Emery has taken over from Arsene Wenger after his historic stint with the North London club.
In Aubameyang’s interview with ESPN, he commented upon Emery’s new style and also upon playing alongside Lacazette.
“The message of the new coach is all about showing character, to put a lot of intensity, play high up the pitch and implement a big pressing. That’s the style we will play this season.
“We [Lacazette] really get on well. There is a spark between us when we are both on the pitch together.
“We look for each other, we saw it today [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.”
So, it does seem as though Aubameyang is keen to start games alongside Lacazette and if Lacazette’s Instagram is anything to go by, the pair seem to get along very well.
Manchester City vs Arsenal
As Aubameyang alluded to above, Arsenal’s first game of the 2018/19 season was against Manchester City.
Aubameyang started the game off down the middle; however, he was quite isolated and only really came into the game when Lacazette was brought on in the 54th minute.
The game finished 2-0 to Manchester City with the goals coming from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.
And as Aubameyang states below, Arsenal still have some way to go if they want to challenge the likes of City in the future.
“We created some chances but unfortunately we lacked efficiency up front. We will have to work on this. We have to be more clinical in our last pass and the finishing.
“We knew it was never going to be easy against a team like Manchester City for the first game of the season. We knew what to expect. We didn’t start well. We lacked a bit of character at the beginning of the game. In the second half, it was a bit better.
“I still think there were positives in our performance today [Sunday]. I thought the way we pressed, especially in the second half was interesting. That’s how we caused problems to City and created chances in the second half.”