Just about every Arsenal fan is desperate to see Aubameyang and Lacazette playing alongside each other on a regular basis, especially at home against ‘weaker’ sides like West Ham. But it would appear that Unai Emery has ruled out the possibility for the time being as the Spaniard said in the pre-match press conference: “At the moment, no. At the moment, I think we need to have the control with the possession, with the positioning on the pitch, with more players inside. And after this possession, to do the attacking moments and defending moments with this balance.
“But, it is one possibility to continue in our progress and in one moment to try also to play with two scorers. In the last match of the pre-season, against Lazio, I did it with Lacazette and Nketiah. But also, this position also for the players, they know that in one moment we can do that. But at the moment, no.”
So either Lacazette or Aubameyang is going to be on the bench, and it is perfectly feasible that Auba could be the one missing out after his incredible miss against Chelsea, but when he was asked about The Gabon hitman’s form in training, Emery said: “The first is to create chances, situations and attacking moments where the player arrive in the box and with the balance to use the small space the opposition gives us. And then, I am sure they are going to score if we create a lot of chances in the game.
“The first idea for us on Saturday is to create these chances and then the players’ confidence for starting to arrive in the box, to score. Maybe the players can not score three good chances in one match and on another day, I am sure they are going to do maybe the same chances in one match and score three. For that, Aubameyang is a player who, in his career, has scored a lot and he is going to do that here also.”
So it looks like Emery doesn’t want to dent Auba’s confidence, and hopefully we will get a hatful tomorrow to get him off the mark and back into prolific form.
But where does that leave Lacazette? Why, back on the bench of course!