When Alexandre Lacazette was fouled by Fred on Sunday, he picked himself up and the first thing he did was to tell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to take the penalty.
The Gabon international had failed from the spot the previous weekend when the Gunners had the chance to win the North London derby at Wembley, and was clearly affected by it in his subsequent performance away at Rennes.
Knowing how much a goal would mean to his mate, the French international insisted Aubameyang take it, and this time he made no mistake to put Arsenal 2-0 up and on their way to three crucial points.
The former Borussia Dortmund man explained what had been said to him, and paid tribute to a friendship which has – so far this season – seen the duo score 34 goals and notch up 16 assists between them.
“This friendship is really really strong,” he said. “Straight after he fell down, he looked for me and said, ‘You shoot. You have to be focused and you shoot’.
“It’s a great partnership and, of course, the coach decides who plays and whether we play together or not. And we have to accept that, that’s normal. But I think we are both really focused on playing for the team and giving our best.
“We don’t care about who is shooting the penalty, the most important thing is to score. After Laca got the penalty and looked at me, I felt good and I was ready to score because we are having a good period with the team and everybody said that I would score again.
“Now we feel that we have everything in our hands. We know that it will be tough but we want to do something. We want to get back into the Champions League. We are really hungry.”
Arsenal face Rennes on Thursday night in the Europa League second-leg without Lacazette who is suspended, so hopefully the boost in confidence this gave Aubameyang will see him drive the team into the next round.