Unai Emery told Arsenal duo ‘desperate’ to play together

Arsenal legend Martin Keown examines the potential understanding between Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette Photo: Puma

Martin Keown believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are “desperate” to build a strike partnership at Arsenal.

The Gunners initially signed the France international in a £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon in the 2017 summer transfer window.

The north London side brought in Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang in a club record £57m swoop in January to further bolster their attack.

The Gabon international scored 10 times in 14 games in his first season at the north London side as Lacazette dropped to the bench.

New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has placed his faith in the former Dortmund striker in their opening three Premier League games of the season.

However, Aubameyang has failed to get on the score sheet but Arsenal have looked much more dangerous when the Gabon striker is sharing the pitch with Lacazette.

Former Gunners defender Keown believes Arsenal could see the duo start together in some games but Emery revert to a different tactics in away fixtures.

“These two seem desperate to play with one another,” Keown told the Daily Mail. “When Lacazette plays, Aubameyang comes to life. There is undoubtedly a connection between them.

“When Lacazette came on against West Ham, it gave Arsenal focal point. Everything stuck and without him, Arsenal lacked a target man.

“It may be that Unai Emery has one team for Arsenal’s home games and another for when they play away.”

Arsenal will take on promoted side Cardiff City in Wales on Sunday in search of successive Premier League victories for the first time under Arsene Wenger’s replacement Emery.

The Gunners lost to Manchester City and Chelsea FC in their opening two games of the season.

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