When Alex Lacazette came off the bench to take up a central position on Sunday, Arsenal immediately looked more dangerous. Aaron Ramsey was the man to make way on that occasion with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his considerable pace shifting to the left.
Ahead of tomorrow’s match with Chelsea, Unai Emery admits he’ll give the duo game time together as he continues to tinker with his squad’s balance and tactics. That said, he’s not giving the game away.
Your guess is as good as ours whether the Gunners two most expensive signings will line-up alongside each other at Stamford Bridge…it would be very bold, that’s for sure.
“The possibility to play Aubameyang and Lacazette is okay because we tried that in pre-season and also last year they played together,” said Emery.
“Each match is different, each match is a different possibility. Against Manchester City, the last 25, 30 minutes they played together. For me, it’s about finding the good balance for all that we want in attacking moments and defensive moments.
“I want to look at every player together, how to get Aubameyang and Lacazette scoring more goals, whether as one or together.
“I want to give them chances in each match and maybe we need a lot of matches for chances for every player, but we started with pre-season and every player is playing for chances and minutes in all the competitions. I think every player will get chances to show us his performance for the team.”
As Tim Stillman points out in his weekly column, the duo’s relationship is blossoming off the pitch and there’s a hope that it could be reproduced on matchdays with French muscle complementing Gabonese speed.
We won’t have to wait too much longer to see if Unai is thinking something similar…