Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has opened up on his partnership with Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette, admitting the duo’s off-field friendship has helped their on-field relationship.
The forwards have been in good form so far this season, scoring 29 Premier League goals between them, and Aubameyang admits it was Lacazette who gave him the confidence to score his penalty against Manchester United at the weekend, having missed a late spot-kick in the North London derby the previous week.
“This friendship is really really strong,” Aubameyang told arsenal.com.
“Straight after he fell down, he looked for me and said, ‘You shoot. You have to be focused and you shoot’.
“It’s a great partnership and, of course, the coach decides who plays and whether we play together or not. And we have to accept that, that’s normal. But I think we are both really focused on playing for the team and giving our best.
“We don’t care about who is shooting the penalty, the most important thing is to score. After Laca got the penalty and looked at me, I felt good and I was ready to score because we are having a good period with the team and everybody said that I would score again.