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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Talks Alexandre Lacazette Partnership at Arsenal

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has talked up his relationship with Alexandre Lacazette and said there is a "spark" between them in the Gunners attack. 

After Arsenal's 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, Aubameyang added he is open to playing on the left flank so that the Frenchman can take up the No. 9 role, per Julien Laurens of ESPN FC:

"We really get on well. There is a spark between us when we are both on the pitch together. We look for each other, we saw it today [Sunday] against City when he came on. I don't mind playing on the left if Laca is in the centre. We both want to do our best for the team."

Arsenal paid £46.5 million to sign Lacazette from Lyon last summer only to then shell out £56 million on Aubameyang back in January.

The Gabon international overshadowed Lacazette somewhat as he netted 10 goals in 13 Premier League appearances in the second half of the 2017-18 season, and he then started on his own up front against City as Arsenal kicked off their first campaign under head coach Unai Emery.

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It seems something of a waste to have two such prolific goalscorers in the Arsenal squad and yet rarely play them together.

It is clear from Aubameyang's latest comments that he is eager to partner with Lacazette, and Emery could now seize the opportunity to get them both in the starting XI.

Aubameyang, 29, is a lethal No. 9, but he is no stranger to playing on the flank.

The Gunners were shown to still be some way behind defending champions City on Sunday, and they need to find an edge that will help them force their way back into the top four in the Premier League come the end of the season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Aubameyang said, given Emery only recently took over at Arsenal following Arsene Wenger's departure, that the Gunners should not be judged too harshly after losing to the Sky Blues.

Per Laurens, the former Borussia Dortmund man believes Saturday's clash with Chelsea will give a better indication as to how the side is developing:

"We still need some time to adapt to the new manager and to integrate the new players. It is hard to test ourselves in a first game like this against City because they are so strong. We have to stay positive, work on the things we did well and improve on the rest. We will have a better idea next weekend after the Chelsea game."

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