Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hopes to continue playing alongside Alexandre Lacazette in their upcoming fixtures following an impressive display against Chelsea
The pair are beginning to feature more regularly together in the starting line-up, but have been refrained from playing in the middle of Arsenal’s attack by both former coach Arsene Wenger and his replacement Unai Emery.
However, in light of the club’s recent struggles, Emery opted to start both Aubameyang and Lacazette in the middle for Arsenal’s crucial London derby against Chelsea on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.
And the Spaniard’s bold move paid dividends with Lacazette opening the scoring to set Arsenal on their way to a 2-0 win and to close them to within three points of fourth-place Chelsea in the Premier League.
Now Aubameyang hopes Emery will continue to explore the partnership between himself and Lacazette.
“It was really nice. I think we did a lot of runs, a lot of efforts for the team, we worked a lot and of course we are happy when we play together because we have such a good feeling between us. It was cool,” said Aubameyang, according to Daily Mirror.
“Why not? Sincerely, I hope so because when you have a striker like Alex near to you then he’s really good to play with. I hope we will play more games together.
“Since I joined Arsenal he was here and he came to me and talked to me and now we are going well, we have the same vision about football and I love him! He’s a great guy.
“It is nice between us, it’s not a bad rivalry, we are friends. When one is going well the other is happy and that’s the most important thing, to do well.”
While the Gabon international couldn’t score a 15th league goal against Chelsea, he hopes to help the Gunners progress with their bid for a top-four spot in the Premier League very much back on.
Arsenal will also go up against Manchester United on Friday in a FA Cup fourth-round clash, while Belarusian champions BATE Borisov await them in next month’s Europa League last-32 tie.
“I can do a bit more. I hope I will. I try to. I hope I will do it,” added Aubameyang.
“This win was very important. We knew that it was important to get a result. It’s a very good win for us because now we are only three points from Chelsea. We’re not far. We will try to keep the distance very low.
“This gives us a lot of confidence that we can finish the season well.”