Saturday, 2 February 2019

I Am Ready To Fight For Unai Emery – Arsenal Striker Declares

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said that he is ready to fight for Unai Emery regardless of the role he is given. Emery has struggled at times to find a tactical system that accomodates both Aubameyang and Lacazette. Earlier on in the season, he rotated between the two up front or played one of them on the wing using a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Although Aubameyang has established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice striker under Emery, Lacazette has had a good run in the side of late, starting five of the club’s last six games in all competitions with Emery alternating between a 3-5-2 and 4-3-1-2. Despite insisting his favoured position is up front, though, Aubameyang insisted he will play out wide if Emery asks him to.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Aubameyang said: ‘My favourite role is playing striker, in front. I also like playing on the wing, but I think my best position is striker. I like to play with two up front, it’s nice because you can do some combinations with the other strikers. If the coach needs me on the right or on the left, it doesn’t matter, I go and I fight for the team, it’s no problem.’

Although Aubameyang started his professional career at AC Milan, it was in France where he first made his name, playing for Dijon, Monaco, Lille and Saint-Etienne prior to signing for Borussia Dortmund in 2013. During his five-year spell in France, Aubameyang came up against Lacazette on a number of occasions while he was playing for Lyon and despite being friends now, he admitted there was a time when they had been direct competitors.

‘We were rivals before in France, I was not expecting for him to be my friend, but today is different,’ he said. ‘At first when I came here, he gave me a lot of confidence, because we spoke straight. We have the same vision about football, which is a good point between us, and that’s the point that started this friendship. When one comes to the ball, the other goes deep. It’s about filling in. You lift your head up and see he is going into space, it’s about feeling as well. If we have to give the ball to a guy in better space, you have to give him the ball. That’s what happens between us.’

Aubameyang is firmly in the hunt to win the Premier League golden boot this season with 15 goals to his name already while Lacazette has also chipped in with nine.

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