Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thinks his attacking partnership with Alex Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe will be ‘crazy’ if Unai Emery can find a way to fit the trio into the same side.
The Gabon international was the only one of the three fit enough to start Sunday’s game against Newcastle – a 1-0 victory sealed courtesy of his 58th-minute strike – but he expects his French and Ivorian cohorts to be ready to make their own impact very soon.
A frontline of the club’s three record signings – they arrived at a combined cost nearing £177 million – certainly has supporters salivating and Auba is similarly excited.
“I don’t want to compare it [to other strike partnerships I have been a part of] but it is going to be crazy,” Aubameyang told the Evening Standard.
“Everybody is excited about that. We will have time to play together and we will see. I am looking forward to it.
“The next game we play at home [against Burnley on Saturday] and we will see what is the coach’s decision. It will be difficult for him [to fit us all in] but that’s the game. When you have a good team it is like that and you have to make choices.”
He added: “My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb. And all I remember is thinking, I want to be like them. Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun. And it’s no coincidence I’ve come. And I can die when I’m done.
He then burst into song, “Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe you’re crazy. Maybe we’re crazy. Probably. Uh, uh”
With Lacazette better in a central position and Pepe likely to operate on the right it looks as though Emery might have to field the versatile Aubameyang on the left of the attack. The 30-year-old says he’ll be happy to play wherever he’s needed to accommodate Pepe’s own attacking qualities.
“We are happy [he has signed] because we know he can help us to reach our goals,” said Aubameyang.
“So it is another weapon for us and that is very good. When I play as the striker I am happy but if the team needs help and I play wide, then I will do it.
“I have watched him [Pepe] on TV. I know how he plays and we have tried to connect with him in training. For the moment it is going very good.”
Arseblog News suspects that Saturday’s first home game of the season may be a little early to risk both Lacazette and Pepe from the start, but no doubt we’ll get a chance to see if Auba’s prediction is right soon enough.
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