Aubameyang draws parallels between Liverpool and Arsenal front three

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says that he sees similarities between the potential Arsenal front three, and the Liverpool one which helped fire the Mugsmashers to Champions League glory last season.

The striker was speaking ahead of the game at Anfield on Saturday, and responded to an oft-made suggestion that he, along with Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe, could replicate the efficacy of their counterparts.

“As we’ve seen from last season, Liverpool play with three up front and they play very well, he told Sky Sports.

“Why not us? I think we can do it. I see a lot of similarities.

“Pepe and me, we are quick players like Mane and Salah, while Laca is a player who can keep the ball and is really good with his feet like Firmino. So yes, we can say we are close enough.

“It will be a tough game against them. They are great players.

“They always try to go forward and try to get goals and assist each other. They are one of the best trios in the world.”

Arsenal go to Anfield looking for a much improved performance from last season when, despite taking the lead through Ainsley Maitland-Niles, ended up on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline.

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lordMartynz
lordMartynz

Our eventual front three combined more goals and assists between them than Liverpool front 3
three last season, howbeit, with Pepe playing in a different league.. I agree with Auba, if those three are allowed to played together, we might have the most fearsome attack in Europe..

SB Still
SB Still

Agree. Maybe my glasses are red and white shades but I think Auba is atleast as good as Mane, Pepe can match Mo as well but Laca is definitely better than Firmino.

TOGooner
TOGooner

As much as I wish that were true, it’s really not.

Drogheda Gunner
Drogheda Gunner

What? Láca is much better than firmino

Jack but
Jack but

LAP

Dustwolf83
Dustwolf83

nice one, PAL

North London is Redder
North London is Redder

I’d include Ceballos and say we’ve got the CLAP.

Dave M
Dave M

That jibe had Sokratis giving his thigh a SLAP

SweGooner
SweGooner

i would rather we gave liverpool the CLAP 😉

King 14enry
King 14enry

In that case, let’s include Ozil and call them el CLAPO

Dave M
Dave M

ALP – Australian Labor Party
PLA – Palestine Liberation Army… Please Leave Alone… Good advice…

Lesster
Lesster

Ceballos behind them makes it CLAP 👏

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

Don’t forget OPAL when Mesut’s back

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Not sure Mesut will be back.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Get Ozil fit and firing and we’ll have an embarrassment of riches, a jewel in our attacking crown…. OPAL

Db412
Db412

Will be brilliant if we can get a result at anfield. My main concern is how Monreal’s lack of pace is going to fair down the left hand side against salah/Alexander arnold

Jack but
Jack but

Montreal is one of our trusted general

Db412
Db412

Monreal is solid but he’s never been particularly quick and isn’t get any faster. Having another slow player like xhaka as his cover for that left hand area is a recipe for disaster in this particular game but with kosasinac lack match sharpness he’s our only option.

Aaron
Aaron

And indeed, a beautiful city.

A Different George
A Different George

I think one of the keys is Aubameyang forcing Alexander-Arnold back, where he will need help from the midfield, probably Wijnaldum (Alexander-Arnold, despite the hype, is still not a very good one v one defender, though he has gotten better). That opens room for our midfield. I think the other key then is whether Monreal, with help from whoever, can keep Salah in check on the counter.

Game on
Game on

Buzzing 😍

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

There are similarities, though Aubameyang and Mane aren’t like for like. The big question for us will be getting the best out of Auba on the left when he actually prefers to be in the middle. Should also be said that Liverpool’s front 3 benefited from playing in front of a solid middle 3 which was both physical and technical, and was supported by probably the two best attacking fullbacks in Europe.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Bellerin and Tierney fit will run them pretty close, and if Ceballos and Torreira form a strong partnership the centre of the park will be much stronger than last year.

Francesc
Francesc

On another note, had auba scored the penalty against sp*rs, we would have been in the top 4.. Just saying

Luke
Luke

Not for certain. Had he scored we may have still drawn or lost that game, and we may have ended up losing any number of games after it. That penalty miss brought the moments that followed, but had he scored an entirely different set of events would have happened.

Francesc
Francesc

Strong believer of the butterfly effect eh?

Luke
Luke

Of logic yeah

A Different George
A Different George

Well, nothing is certain about the rest of the season, but we would surely have won that game–the penalty was in injury time.

kaius
kaius

Fist of all, the ‘top four, top four’ narrative is toxic.

Stop f*cking crying about it. We were in the competition for 20 years in a row and used it to pay off our new stadium. So financially, it was great for us. In sporting terms? We did our brand untold amounts of damage by sending out banter-era teams to play guys like Barca and Bayern.

So I’m glad we didn’t qualify with yet another substandard team. When Arsenal build a team worthy of competing in it, we’ll be good enough to qualify. Until then, stop whining about top four and thank your lucky stars that Aubameyang plays for us, because he’s done more to drive us back to that level than any other player.

He won that penalty with a lung-bursting run in the 90th minute when everyone else on the pitch was dead. And you have the nerve to disrespect him, a whole Golden Boot winner for your club. Nah, Auba deserves more respect than this.

Duno
Duno

Bless you. I’m just tired of having to reply such ingrates.

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

I hope we win. Of course I do. But I’d be thrilled to settle for a draw and then whip the hell out of the Scum at home next week. I hope we play the same midfield as last week. The energy and enthusiasm was brilliant. I’ll take a can-do attitude and hard work over potential talent any day of the week. COYG!!!

Francesc
Francesc

Pepe hattrcik next weekend?

Niran
Niran

Not the same midfield hell no !… Too inexperienced…Torreria has gat to come in for Willock for this one….He’s a good reader of the game with good work rate and an experienced head

Maitland Niles…Sokratis…D. Luiz…Monreal

Torreria………………… Guendouzi

Ceballos

Pepe…………… Lacazette ……. Aubameyang

Substutes Reserves
Nelson Mhkitaryan
Willock Chambers
Xhaka Martinelli
Ozil Saka
Kolasinac Bellerin
Chambers Tierney
Martinez Holding

This Is A Starting 11 Without Bellerin, Tierney, Holding Or Saliba in it…The competition for a starting spot will really bring out the best performances from all these players as well as the best from Arsenal as a team once everyone is fit…I believe we can beat any premier league side just like Guendouzi said… We’ve got a talented squad

Mr Tony Arsenal DNA Adams
Mr Tony Arsenal DNA Adams

no goalie? that’s brave.

Francesc
Francesc

Had auba scored the penalty against Spurs, we would have been in the top 4, just saying..

Duno
Duno

Don’t take this the wrong way but you’re frankly an asshole. Just saying.

Goonereality
Goonereality

And had my uncle been a woman he could have chosen to be my aunt.

YOLO Toure
YOLO Toure

Great, now we’ve stopped trying to be Barcelona we’re trying to be Liverpool.

I jest, I jest…in all seriousness though, I’m looking forward to seeing these 3 play together consistently. Reckon they’ll make some noise!

AfroGooner
AfroGooner

Well, Liverpool did take home the Champions League, so I daresay their front three is more dangerous.

Goonereality
Goonereality

I agree, I think we will have a formidable trio – but it will probably take a while. Rome wasn’t built in a day and even Liverpool took longer than that to get their three together.

Goonereality
Goonereality

He makes an interesting point but there’s one difference: the Liverpool three have proved what they can do over time in the EPL, but for obvious reasons, our three haven’t.

It’s another of these stories in the run-up to the Liverpool game that really highlights the difference between saying it can be done (us) and having actually done it (them). You could sum it up by saying: “We hope; they have”.

I guess all this is inevitable given the rapidly increasing expectations among some Gooners following the Summer transfers, but we’ll only get a better idea on Saturday evening when the final whistle goes.

T.A.
T.A.

Without a solid defence we are unlikely to do well. I’m hoping that over the course of the season and as injured players come back we might develop that good defence. But from the first two matches I am still unconvinced. I doubt we’ll be able to do well against Pool tomorrow.

Goonereality
Goonereality

I still think we’re better of now that Mustafi has been removed from the squad, if not off the books yet. That certainly doesn’t mean all is well defensively, just that we’ve reduced – but not eliminated, of course – the odds somewhat against making costly defensive “blunders” (to use a polite word). Luiz should help here as well, but Anfield will be tough. I’ve a feeling we could sneak a point but it’s going to take hard work and concentration over the 90 minutes.

Santori
Santori

Certainly looks like we have the promise of being able to replicate the sort of fluidity the Liverpool front 3 have.

Pepe gives us the player we have needed for many seasons now not addressed by Mslintat. Arguably we needed a Right sided wide player since when Alexis was AT the club.

We had opportunity to spend and get in (a wantaway) Mahrez before his price was jacked up by City at the very end. Instead we got Mhkitaryan (to add to Ozil and Ramsey already…and we did not extend Ramsey early enough)

With Pepe (or for that matter any decent option of many Right sided players, we will balance ur threat going forward better and consequently be less predictable

(It was too easy to contain us with most of the threat coming down from either Alexis or Iwobi and Kolasinac on the left side and right side being heavily dependent on Bellerin)

We have a player who can also engage and take on in one on ones in both close control and pace.

As much as Aubameyang is supposedly quick, his speed only has impact when he is actually up to speed. His acceleration itself sometimes slow

Where he is improving is ball retention although he still needs to work on his protection (or reception) of aerial balls.

Lacazette can also take on players so we do not have to wait for reinforcements(calvary) to join in now from defense when counter attacking. We aslo have better options attacking in congestion with more technical players.

But the real work frankly is in the midfield.

We have able passers of the ball but again we lack ball retention and ability to work under pressure in confine areas.

Now we have (albeit temporary measure only) Cebellos AND Willock who looks to have a useful pair of feet. Guendouzi will also improve as hopefully Torreira. Granit isn’t the type to dribble but he has been more adept using his physicality and protects us with a better aerial presence and of course distribution from deep.

The engine room is key to how the front 3 can work.

In the past, we have had an outlet in providing a deep ball from defense. This is nothing new as contrary to allusions (illusions) by some typical simple minded pundits and commentators waxing lyrical (wanking off to) imaginary new capabilities with Sideshowbob.

We have always had the ability to find players from deep in Granit but also the much maligned (but definitely flawed)Mustafi.

BUT we had less options up front to hit to (besides Laca) who cold protect or use the ball.

With Auba improving in receiving the ball this pre-season, Laca and Pepe, we now have ability to find and prosecute counters quicker.

As evident as well, it is not necessarily just front 3 which is option for this job.

We also saw Unai tinkering with a front two late in last game with Auba and Pepe working off each other as we sat in a 3-4-1-2 to contain and counter.

Front 3 alone would be again too predictable to have alone. The range of options with the forward line (ably supported and released by a more efficient midfield) will be key to the forthcoming campaign and its potential (better) success.

Santori
Santori

Its the backline of course we should be more concern with.

We are not as strong as their backline.