Pierre-Emerick Aubmeyang has admitted that he initially had concerns regarding his new team-mate, Alexandre Lacazette.
The two strikers have both joined the Gunners in the last 12 months, both moving to the Emirates as club record transfers.
Lacazette was meant to lead the line as the main striker but has had a difficult start to life in England, leading to speculation that the January signing of Aubmeyang could bring a premature end to the France international’s time at the Emirates.
With both players having previously represented fierce rivals Lyon and Saint Etienne in Ligue 1, and the fact they both seemed to be competing for the same starting berth in Arsene Wenger’s side, many observers believed that their may be tension between the talented attackers.
However, speaking to the Arsenal website, Aubameyang, 28, has revealed that the two strikers have struck up a close relationship.
“My friend Lacazette was at Lyon when I was at Saint-Etienne.” The Gabon international said.
“He’s a player I appreciate and was good for me when I arrived here as he’s a nice person, very positive.
“I wasn’t 100 per cent sure about him when I came here as there were some Lyon players I didn’t get on well with – but he wasn’t someone I had problems with when I played against them.
“I’m really happy to get to know someone so positive and he helped me settle into the dressing room.”
This close relationship was evident during Arsenal’s recent Premier League win over Southampton when Aubmeyang, despite being on a hat-trick allowed Lacazette to take a penalty in order to break a scoring drought that stretched back as far as January.
It also now seems that Gunners boss Wenger is open to playing both players together. In Arsenal’s last Premier League fixture against Newcastle the French coach played Lacazette through the middle and Aubameyang off the left.
Although the Gunners lost 2-1 against Rafa Benitez’s side the strikers combined excellently for their sides goal.