Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says a shared vision about the way football should be played has been the foundation of his friendship with Alex Lacazette.
Arsene Wenger broke Arsenal’s transfer record in two consecutive transfer windows to bring the forwards together and they’ve gone on to strike up a close relationship both on and off the pitch in the last 12 months.
Having spent the early days of their careers on either side of the fierce Saint Etienne-Lyon rivalry, the relationship wasn’t one Auba was expecting when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund.
“We were rivals before in France, I was not expecting for him to be my friend, but today is different,” he told Sky Sports.
“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.”
Both Aubameyang and Lacazette have netted 28 times for Arsenal with the former doing so in 25 fewer matches at a rate of a goal every 123 minutes. They’ve been jostling for the right to lead the line, although both have also proved themselves capable of being dangerous from a wider position.
While Aubameyang insists he’ll play wherever he’s asked, he insists that being up top in a central position is his preference.
“My favourite role is playing striker, in front,” he added. “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, 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.”