Auba: I share the same football vision as Laca

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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.”

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Guendouzispirit

This was really great to read about. I’m even happier with Aubameyang after reading that

Punter
Punter

What is the vision Auba? Is it to score lots and lots of goals for Arsenal. I like the vision. Very much.

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

I love Laca’s ability on and off the ball but I’m not a fan of having Auba out wide. Yes, he still manages to pop up with the goals, but he looks far more comfortable playing down the middle when he’s not involved in the build up. Hopefully Emery will have the link up in the attacking phase sorted soon, because I don’t think we’re completely playing to his strengths. We’ll need the boys to be calm in front of goal tomorrow and put their chances away. We waited a long time for a clinical striker and now I’d say we have two. On their day they can strike fear into any defence in the league. It’ll be a big ask but we can cause City problems for sure.

goongot
goongot

this ! i still remember the days of giroud-sanogo..

Rayk 47

4-4-2! 4-4-2! 4-4-2!

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Playing 2 midfielders against top PL teams is a recipe for disaster.

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Refer to the 4, not to the 2..4 midfielders 2 strikers

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Lemme rephrase, playing only 2 central midfielders vs top 6 is not a good idea, especially if you want to not concede a lot of goals.
Best form of defending is controlling the match in midfield. Most teams play 3 CMs for a good reason.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

It’s a diamond, Bro. The formation used against Chelsea at the Emirates this season. It’s not just 2 midfielders.

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

2 midfielders is a disaster but look we have four keepers

Carl
Carl

One man, one goal, one mission. One heart, one soul, just one solution… Just me that heard this from the headline?

Savage
Savage

So much for Auba having an attitude problem… I wonder what went wrong at Dortmund? Was it all down to Tuchel?

Rich
Rich

Emery in his press conference yesterday reiterated his desire for some wingers, he can’t have made his requirements anymore clear to the boardroom.

Aubameyang isn’t a wide player, he’s got fantastic movement and he’s explosive over the first few yards, but against better opposition it unbalances us with him being out there.
And when you play Ozil+Aubameyang together, your essentially playing with 2 impact players who go missing more large parts of the game.

I can see Emery rotating Aubameyang+Lacazette for the rest of the season, particularly away from home, and he’ll go with two from Suarez, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan in the wide areas, whilst keeping the three man midfield.

Dropping one of our strikers will likely go down badly with our fan base, but in terms of balancing our team out, I think it’s the way to go.

It’s typical Arsenal, for years we had plenty of players in the wide areas, but needed a top class striker, now we have 2 prolific strikers, but a lack of numbers and quality in behind them.

Ram
Ram

Arsenal have no attacking problems with these two strikers in their side, Auba⚽Laca striking partnership in 4-4-2 diamond formation will be great.

Arsenal has Strong Attack, Average Midfield and Weak Defense, which means quite unbalanced team.

Emery has done great job with this very unbalanced team till now.

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Sorry, but i think our defense has improved over time before these injuries..perhaps from being weak to average..

Chiza
Chiza

Leno

Jenkinson Sokratis Koscielny kolasinac

Torriera
D. Suarez Iwobi
Ramsey

Lacazette Aubameyang

Torriera(xhaka/guendouzi)….ramsey(ozil/mjkitaryan)……iwobi(maitland Niles/mkhitaryan)….denis suarez(maitland Niles/mkhitaryan)
A diamond 4-4-2
This should be our formation for the rest of the season with a high press

Fuzz
Fuzz

way too attacking

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

We need both of Torriera-Xhaka, or Torriera-Guendouzi, or Xhaka-Guendouzi, in the midfield base more than anything. That is one place we’ve found a solution to after a long time, and I think we should stick to it.

That also gives us the option of using a classic 4-4-2, with both Auba and Laca in top form, and since we now have two proper wide players in Iwobi and Suarez. This conundrum is also made slightly easier with Ozil’s bad current form, and Emery preferring the work rate of certain other players more than Ozil’s creativity in the middle. So all things considered, I’d really like to see us giving the old 4-4-2 a try. 🙂

Sue

They certainly shared the same vision while paintballing! Shooting UE from about 5 yards!! Funny listening to UE talking about it on Soccer AM!
I love these guys… We’re so fortunate to have them both. I hope they both score tomorrow… COYG

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

The have respect for each other as professionals, which is a good thing.

Heihaci
Heihaci

The bromance is good for us but we need better midfield and defence to take advantage. Can we please sign Nabil Fekir in the summer?