Alexandre Lacazette has opened up on his ‘telepathic’ partnership with Arsenal teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The forwards are likely to start together when Arsenal meet Chelsea in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Baku, having enjoyed a superb season scoring 50 goals between them in all competitions.
While one of the Arsenal front pair has sometimes missed out at the expense of the other, Lacazette says the secret to their success is a lack of jealousy between the pair, revealing playing alongside the Gabon international is a ‘pleasure,’ but says the duo’s primary focus is on lifting silverware for Unai Emery’s side.
“Me, I am not jealous of anyone,” Lacazette told The Daily Mirror. “I just want to win trophies, Auba as well. Of course, it is always better to play together, but when one plays and the other stays on the bench you just have to help the team when you can.
“Yeah (it does feel telepathic), but sometimes it is wrong! Sometimes he goes left and I put the ball right. But normally we work a lot to be on the same wavelength. We want to be as perfect as possible.
“Of course, the coach knows we want to play together but of course he has to make a choice and we have to respect them. Playing with Auba is always a pleasure for me.”
The Frenchman admits the pair work on their partnership in training, with their off-field friendship benefitting their on-field connection.
The 28-year-old also praised the likes of Mesut Ozil, saying Arsenal’s ‘good group’ is behind their successes so far this season.
“It depends on the player, how they think and we work a lot in training to be quicker and have a good relationship,” said Lacazette.
“It’s been different this season because we have had Auba for the whole of the season. Auba is a really good striker and the defenders find it difficult to take care of him.
“But we don’t feel it is just because of us, we feel it because we are a good team. We have Mesut and more good players and it’s easier for the team. Even when I don’t play, like against Burnley, the team was good and we played well so I don’t think its just because of Auba and me. We have a good group and we just want to keep going and play well.”
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