Arsenal 3 – Stoke 0
Talk about a game of two halves.
The first half at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday was one of the worst halves of the Premier League season.
Both Stoke and Arsenal were hugely disappointing in the first half, as barely anything of mention happened.
Indeed, when the halftime whistle blew, Arsenal fans booed their team into the break.
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) April 1, 2018
Yet the second half was a far more entertaining affair after Arsenal scored three times.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally broke the deadlock 15 minutes from time when the club’s record signing scored from the penalty spot.
Aubameyang then doubled his and Arsenal’s tally, before subs Alexandre Lacazette scored a third from the spot.
What Aubameyang did after Lacazette scored
Lacazette’s goal against Stoke commanded plenty of attention. Mainly for how Aubameyang reacted.
Having scored Arsenal’s first spot-kick of the game, most assumed Aubameyang would take the second one as well.
Of course, had Aubameyang taken that second spot-kick, the Gabonese international could have scored his first Gunners hat-trick.
But Auba stepped aside for Lacazette to score. The Frenchman is now in double figures for the Premier League season.
Moreover, after Lacazette converted, Auba showed what a team player he was by being the first to congratulate his strike-partner.
Enjoy the reaction below.
Love that from Aubameyang 👏🏼 on for a hat trick but let your strike partner take the penalty so he can score. Very unselfish.
— David Meyler (@DavidMeyler7) April 1, 2018
Aubameyang on why didn’t take the 2nd penalty.
“I know that Laca is back and I scored twice, I think it’s good for his confidence and that’s why.” pic.twitter.com/ia67Vsf3tA
— arseblog (@arseblog) April 1, 2018
Aubameyang, who was on a hat-trick, gave the penalty to his teammate Lacazette to boost his confidence.
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) April 1, 2018
Aubameyang gives up a hatttick to let Lacazette score and get back to form
Hats off to him
— Bergkamp & Bergkamp (@Orangeiceman10) April 1, 2018
Well done Aubameyang to give the penalty kick to lacazette so that he gets his confidence back. Love this sort of attitude and players
— P™ (@Cechque) April 1, 2018
#afc 3-0 Stoke Lacazette scores from the spot. Denies Aubameyang a chance for his hat-trick in the process. Aubameyang the first one to celebrate with him, however.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) April 1, 2018
Our strikers >> Your strikers. pic.twitter.com/LU9m8MEIWk
— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) April 1, 2018