Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was always confident of a strong attacking partnership with Alexandre Lacazette from the very beginning.
Arsenal signed Aubameyang in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund in a club-record deal of £55m, which smashed the £45m fee that the club paid to seal Lacazette’s move from Lyon six months earlier.
Naturally, Aubameyang’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium sparked doubt over Lacazette’s future following a low-key start to his Gunners career.
Not helping matters for the France international was Aubameyang’s impressive start for Arsenal, where he quickly started banging in the goals that the club desperately needed.
12 months on, however, the duo are now one of the Premier League’s most lethal attackers after developing a strong partnership. They even scored a combined total of 50 goals to help Arsenal reach the final of last season’s Europa League.
Although it took a while for the partnership to kick into gear, with former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger playing them out of position when fielding them together before Unai Emery’s arrival changed things.
The Spaniard’s diamond formation did the trick for the duo to extract their full potential for Arsenal.
For Aubameyang, though, his partnership with Lacazette was always going to end up being a success story.
“It was love at first sight!” he told FourFourTwo.
“The day I arrived, he came straight up to me and said, ‘I hope we’ll play together.’ I said, ‘I hope so too.'”
Meanwhile, Lacazette downplayed suggestions that his spot in the Arsenal line-up was in danger following Aubameyang’s arrival.
“He was the kind of player I joined Arsenal to play with,” added Lacazette.
“At first, people were saying, ‘Hey, he’s coming to take your place,’ but I always knew we could play together.”
Lacazette was crowned Arsenals’ Player of the Season for his fine performances in north London in the last campaign.
Aubameyang, on the other hand, finished level with Liverpool’s star attackers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on 22 goals to share the Premier League Golden Boot.