Arsenal manager Unai Emery hinted he could play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe against Tottenham.
Emery’s new deadly Arsenal attacking trio are yet to play alongside each other this season as Lacazette battles ankle issues. However, supporters did get a taste of what’s around the corner when Aubameyang and Pepe lined-up together last weekend.
Despite the delay in unleashing the Gunners’ new-look front three, Emery can still count on the prolific Aubameyang. So far, the striker has got off to a strong start to the season with two goals in three games.
Sunday’s north London derby against Spurs, though, may present Emery with the perfect opportunity to play his star forwards.
When asked if the attackers could make the Arsenal line-up, Emery said on Arsenal.com: “Yes, but be calm.
“My decision in each moment is thinking about how we are.
“For example with Lacazette, he had a problem with his ankle. This week is the best week of the last three weeks. He’s getting better and feeling better with his ankle, it’s very positive.
“With Pepe, he came here later than the others but he is getting and feeling better in each match. Aubameyang is very important for us, he scores two goals in the first two matches, he had two or three good actions in Liverpool.
“The most important thing for me is to have chances and after with players like Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, Micki [Henrikh Mkhitaryan], Reiss [Nelson], [Dani] Ceballos and Mesut [Ozil] we can score with different players.
“I think they can start together and they can play also during the match as all three, it depends on how we decide our game plan.
“But I am very optimistic about that situation, but not also those three players, also Nelson, Mkhitaryan, [Joe] Willock, Ozil.
“We need to be able to make the best decisions, but above all, to have different possibilities with the players.”
The north London derby between Arsenal and Spurs will take place at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off will begin at 17:30 (CET).