BBC pundit: Lacazette and Aubameyang must play together for Arsenal
Garth Crooks praises Unai Emery for playing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang together for Arsenal
Garth Crooks has paid credit to Unai Emery for deploying Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang together for Arsenal after their 3-2 win over Cardiff on Sunday.
Aubameyang has just begun his first full season at the north London club after having signed for the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund back in the January transfer window earlier this year.
Lacazette and Aubameyang have not featured together regularly until now, but new boss Emery opted to deploy the pair together from the start in Sunday’s clash in Wales.
Both players found the net for Emery’s men as they notched up their second straight win in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
And Crooks feels that the new man in charge at The Emirates deserves credit for deploying the pair up front together this weekend.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “The very suggestion Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can’t play together as a pair at Arsenal sends me apoplectic.
“The fact of the matter is Arsene Wenger lacked the nerve to play the two up front on a regular basis, and if Unai Emery had started his first two games of the season with both men in his line-up he may have had different results.
“Managers deserve nothing (and often get nothing) when they sacrifice a striker with massive goalscoring credentials for midfield mediocrity.
“Thank goodness Emery has come to his senses and started Aubameyang and Lacazette against Cardiff. The lads clearly get on and enjoy playing alongside each other.
“Scoring goals is the most difficult thing to do in the game and if you’ve paid a fortune to get goal-scorers in your club why on earth wouldn’t you play them?”
Arsenal will look to make it three wins in a row in the Premier League after the international break when they travel to Newcastle United.
Emery has been tasked with steering Arsenal back into the top four this season after they finished in sixth place and without a trophy last term under Arsene Wenger.