Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny revealed how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal at Watford was masterminded by manager Unai Emery.
Watford keeper Ben Foster’s howler opened the door for Aubameyang to score a 10th-minute goal at Vicarage Road to seal Arsenal a 1-0 win last Monday.
The former Manchester United player took too long in attempting a clearance after receiving the ball, which allowed Aubameyang to charge in and deflect the ball into the net.
Foster later confessed that Aubameyang’s explosive pace had caught him off guard. But Koscielny has now revealed how Emery had cleverly plotted it.
“We will remember Auba’s goal for a very long time,” said Koscielny, according to Football London.
“Before the game, the manager asked him to press Foster at every chance, to put him under pressure and prevent him from kicking the ball long too easily.
“Little did we know that by doing that we would also score!
“From where I was on the pitch, I saw Auba pressing the defender first and then sprinting towards Foster. I bet he was surprised that Auba closed him down so quickly!”
The victory strengthened Arsenal’s hold on a top-four spot. Furthermore, Emery’s side can leapfrog north London rivals Tottenham into third if they beat Crystal Palace this evening.
But Eagles have won three of their last four league games on the road, which leaves Koscielny feeling cautious.
“We know Palace are good away from home because they can play on the counter a lot, which is their main strength,” he said.
“They won at Manchester City in December and we will have to be very careful not to give them too much space in behind.
“We have great momentum and confidence at the moment.”
The Arsenal and Palace match will take place at the Emirates Stadium, with kick-off set for 17:00 (CET).