Emery optimistic his strikers can play together

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The question posed to Arsene Wenger was whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette could play up front alongside each other. Last season, under Unai Emery, they proved that they could.

This year, the question is whether the duo can also play alongside new signing Nicolas Pepe.

The £175 million strikeforce have only shared the pitch for 26 minutes so far this season but it looks very likely that they will be given a start together in the Premier League soon.

Up to now, Emery has resisted the temptation, mostly because Lacazette has been working his way back from an ankle problem and Pepe has had a stunted pre-season.

“Yes, but be calm,” replied Emery when asked about the possibility of fielding the trio. “My decision in each moment is thinking about how we are.

“For example, with Lacazette he had a problem with his ankle This week is the best week of the last three weeks. He’s getting better and feeling better with his ankle, it’s very positive.

“With Pepe, he came here later than the others but he is getting and feeling better in each match.

“Aubameyang is very important for us, he scores two goals in the first two matches, he had two or three good actions in Liverpool.

“The most important thing for me is to have chances and after with players like Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, Micki, Reiss, Ceballos and Mesut we can score with different players.”

Ahead of Sunday’s North London derby, the boss wouldn’t be drawn on the specifics of his starting lineup but did play up the options at his disposal.

“I think they can start together and they can play also during the match as all three, it depends how we decide our gameplan. But I am very optimistic for that situation, but not also those three players, also Nelson, Mkhitaryan, Willock, Ozil.

“We need to be able to make the best decisions, but above all, to have different possibilities with the players.”

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Richie
Richie

The Champions League draw without Arsenal in it is like beans on toast without the beans.

TCGNR
TCGNR

Man City getting the carpet laid out for them, what a joke group. There will legit be tougher groups in Europa. I can’t help but feel that they will do anything to help Pep win a quadruple so they can generate a billion clicks with Greatest Team of All Time articles. /end of rant that has nothing to do with this article/

Noni
Noni

When you say “they”, do you mean the autonomous and biased nanites in the computer system, or do you mean the naughty goblins hiding under the stage pushing out the balls?

Shmokin'em
Shmokin'em

the balls can be given different weights…these are the same people who hold finals in ridiculous places for the money so you mock all you like. keep watching the balls so you dont see my hand – taking this fat wad of cheques 😌

Sue

What about Liverpool? The jammy gits

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Yea, Arsenal vs Barca or Bayern would have been an intensely mouthwatering matchup

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

We’ve seen enough of those over the years. Let’s get competitive in the league and, earn the right to be thinking of the big boys in Europe

HansRott
HansRott

… or the toast.

Then again, here’s hoping it’s Sp*rs that better resembles the singed sliced-bread edible come Sunday.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Why do we have toast?
For Beans.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Isn’t the entire “Champions’ League” competition format a complete joke? Two of the biggest, richest and best-supported teams in the entire world, Man United and Arsenal, are left out, while rubbish no-hopers like Genk, Club Brugge and Salzberg find themselves in the draw. And please don’t come up with that bollocks about “earning the right to play”: Liverpool are currently “Champions of Europe” despite not having won their domestic championship for three decades!

Football fans around the world want to see the biggest and best teams in this competition, not tiny European minnows who will just turn up, get beat and then disappear at the group stages. The big four leagues in Europe should each have six teams in this competition, and maybe past performances should be taken into account so that we get the big glamour teams taking part. It would be far more competitive with more interesting and unpredictable games.

Great draw for City, by the way.

Winterburns right wand
Winterburns right wand

So you don’t think Liverpool should be crowned Kings of Europe after their somewhat decent team did for spuds in the champions league final, but we should be in the draw for the next champions league?

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

No: I’m saying that the principle of earning your way into the competition is false. A true Champions League would only feature the champions of each country. The fifth best team in England is better than the first in say Belgium so let’s just include the best teams in Europe irrespective of nationality. That would make the competition far more competitive, and attractive.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

So it would no longer be the “European Champions League” then Fats?? The new name could be “Fat’s Best Teams League” ?? You are one of a kind mate! 😂😂😂

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Champions League name itself is flawed. If they called the current CL something like UEFA Money League, then it makes more sense.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Inclusivity. Nowt wrong with that imo. Got enough top teams in it…

joe
joe

“Isn’t the entire “Champions’ League” competition format a complete joke?”

no. your shtick is the joke, but it is worn thinner than a micron.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Are you pushing for the super league of big and rich clubs?

Richie
Richie

The breakaway European Super League is imminent…..

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

We had every chance of getting into the CL last season but we couldn’t even beat Palace at home (and funnily enough United have just failed to do the same). You can’t blame the “format”, we can’t have any complaints at all (apart from about the disastrous EL final) .

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

In fairness, as of today Crystal Palace was the last team to beat Liverpool at Anfield in the league and the last team to beat ManCity at Etihad in the league. The last team to beat MANU at OT in the league and the last team to beat Arsenal at Emirates in the league.
Not a bad effort from the Palace lads.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Newcastle is the last team to beat Sp*rs at home, teehee.

78/79/80
78/79/80

That is a top top fact

SB Still
SB Still

After the first few games, I’m looking forward to see Willock progress this season. He hasn’t looked out of place in that midfield.

I hope he is one of famed internal solutions, for sorting out our midfield, to support our obviously awesome frontline.

pierre lacapeppe
pierre lacapeppe

Sure, but that means you will have to dismiss 3 other capable guys at CAM: Mikhi, Ozil, Ceballos. (assuming pepe, laca, and auba take the front three spots).

Monsieur Bellerin
Monsieur Bellerin

Just about to say too. It’s amazing that Willock is being talked about in the same capacity as Ozil/Micki/Ceballos/Pepe. Of course he’s not at that level but all down to his hard work this pre season.

Here’s hoping he has a belter season for us.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

He’s looked class. And you’re right, the greatest compliment I could give him is that he looks like he’s played that position for us for years.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I must say once again, we should have kept Eddie. I think he would have done good filling in for Lacazette

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Must you? He’s doing rather well where he is no? 😄

Martin
Martin

I didn’t realise Eddie was a dentist too 😂

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Sorry how did this turn into Champions League and baked beans? 🙄

Richie
Richie

My bad. Well, because the article is a non-story, and was submitted whilst the Champions League draw was taking place. And a front three of Aubameyang, Lacazette, and Pepe is Champions League quality (defence is maybe still Europa League though). And I didn’t actually say baked beans; fried Mexican taco beans work just as well.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

👍😂

Man Manny
Man Manny

Let’s test run that three-pronged assault weapon at the Emirates on Sunday.
With the ammunition suppliers from midfield, if it clicks, we could hit more than four this time.

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

Off topic, but I just saw that Nico Yennaris became a Chinese citizen (through his mother) and is playing for their national team now. Good on him! I wish him all the best. (He’s only 26, too. Makes you feel really, really old.)

Rich
Rich

Seems many who were shooting their mouths off about Lacazette not starting against Liverpool, were shooting their mouths off without knowing the full picture….

I love Emery’s directness, and he definitely doesn’t have any favourites….

On a separate note, this weeks Arsecast was the best I’ve listened too, well worth a listen, Gunnerblog tearing apart Arseblog’s viewpoint one blow at a time, it was brutal, but thoroughly enjoyable still 👏

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

For anyone who follows a little knew that he was injured as there were rumours on the evening before the game. The real issue was if he was fit to play why only bringing him on so late when didn’t matter anymore.

Scwibble
Scwibble

But if he wasn’t fit he wouldn’t be on the bench surely

Vonnie
Vonnie

I think we are all optimistic that we can play them together, the only question is if Emery has the balls to do it.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I’m slightly more concerned if a young DM, an unpredictable Greek, an even more unpredictable Brazilian and a guy who is already dreaming of Sangria and Paella can play together.

alex lacapeppe
alex lacapeppe

i like how ozil is always the last name he mentions

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

In relation to the actual Arsenal post I am incredibly excited to hear Emery say we can play the front three together!! In relation to the Champions League and beans meandering has anyone considered a tin of beans and sausages on toast? 😄

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Emery better start them all on Sunday!!

Richie
Richie

I suspect he will. North London derby, at home, disappointing result last week, Emery has to be aggressive and go for it.

Sue

So in other words, Laca will be benched

Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice
Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice

Rubbish coach.. Can’t be trusted…..you are gradually killing my joy for arsenal Emery.. With your addicted inclusion of xhaka

Hi-Jay
Hi-Jay

And i suppose you’re the one who is addicted to the idea of ten Hag?

Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice
Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice

Erik ten hag prove me right one day and show how good he is

PEA14
PEA14

Think Willock is the surprise package so far.
We know he has potential but he has so far shows guts and work rate to match

Santori
Santori

Don’t particularly like Tim Stillman analysis.

I don’t think we are signing David Luiz for exquisite passing.

We should be signing a defender first and foremost not another liability but older.

In any case Mustafi use to put out deep passes from the back too.

The whole play out the back strategy IMO is deeply flawed.

Not bc it does not work on occasion but it is far too predictable when done all the time.

And it played directly into the strengths and appetite of Liverpool.

Playing around near our goal not only means less chance scoring a goal on the other end but is suicidal.

I don’t understand his passing lines theory.

We have no passing line if the opponents know what we are going to do.

We lack the option of circumventing the high press if we do not have players who can receive and hold the ball higher up.

That option in Giroud now gone leaves Lacazette as the next best thing.

Auba is somewhat improving but very callous with retention still.

Pepe can work his way up field but will take time to work relations within the team. Ditto Cebellos and Nelson.

But we do not compete for the ball well enough in the middle of the field.

Against Liverpool, I would have thought a sensible tactic would have been to go 3 at the back and have Cebellos with clearer instructions operating around just behind the half way lline in close proximity to their DM Fabinho. Pepe should have also been instructed to be predatory around their DM should Cebellos have to drop deeper.

Instead every time we cleared the ball out, it was simply recycled right back by the Brazilian with little pressure.

These sort of little detail rather than the sort of dogmatic strategy passing out from the back works better in providing proper game plan to truly provide an outlet for our attack.

Again Stillman has his pet peeves and could not help taking a swipe at Granit.

I frankly don’t understand why people think Granit was a waning influence because he made as many blocks in front of goal as Sokratis and Luiz and two of his plays working the ball out of the backline and distribution to Pepe and Auba let to two of our most effective counters and best chances in the game.

Selective viewing much?

Lets not forget the goal from Torreira came from a Granit interception higher up.

Simply astounding how bias and selective the analytical construct of some people can be.

Do yourself a favour, watch the match or highlights again if you prefer not to belief so.

😉

Much
Much

Inserting much at the end of a sentence much do much for your self esteem much ? Much ?

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

So Lacazette’s ankle is why he didn’t start against Liverpool?