Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is feeling bullish over his developing Arsenal partnership with Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.
Pepe’s club-record €80m arrival this summer has left Arsenal supporters excited on him lining up alongside Aubameyang and Lacazette. They’ve even dubbed the new strike partnership as “PAL”, which could be every bit as fearsome as Liverpool’s attacking trio.
Although PAL may have their work cut to match Reds stars Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. The trio have bagged a remarkable 165 goals combined for Liverpool across the last two years.
Now Arsenal face the daunting task on Saturday of trying to contain them during Saturday’s visit to Anfield.
“As we’ve seen from last season, Liverpool play with three up front and they play very well. Why not us? I think we can do it,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports.
“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.”
But Aubameyang feels that the Gunners may have an ace up their sleeves in himself, Lacazette and Pepe.
Head coach Unai Emery even announced on Thursday he may hand Pepe his full debut for the Liverpool clash.
“I see a lot of similarities,” Aubameyang said on Arsenal and Liverpool’s front three.
“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.”
Since his €63.75m arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, Aubameyang has become the main forward for Arsenal.
The Gabon captain, in fact, has scored an impressive 34 goals in 51 Premier League appearances. Nobody, not even record scorer Thierry Henry, has enjoyed such a prolific start to their Gunners career.
Aubameyang also shared last season’s Premier League Golden Boot award with Salah and Mane on 22 goals.
While he might play down the wing in Arsenal’s new front three, however, the 30-year-old is hungry for more goals.
“My target this year is to get more goals than last season,” added Aubameyang.
“It was only my first full season so I can be happy because I shared the Golden Boot with Salah and Mane from Liverpool. It was a big challenge, but I did it and I’m really happy.
“This season, first of all, hopefully, we can reach our goal of qualifying for the Champions League and of course, personally yes, if I can get more goals than last season, I’d be happy.
“Hopefully it’s going to be a good season for Arsenal.”