Jose Mourinho believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can score a lot of goals for Arsenal on the left of Unai Emery’s attack despite the striker’s eagerness to play in a central role.
The Arsenal manager unleashed his front three for the first time in a Premier League game as Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe started together for the first time in the north London derby on Sunday.
Lacazette managed to halve the deficit in added time at the end of the first half with a brilliant solo goal after Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane scored in the opening 40 minutes for Tottenham.
Aubameyang netted for the third time in four games in the Premier League to salvage a point for the Gunners in the 70th minute after the striker got on the end of Matteo Guendouzi’s cross.
The Arsenal forward admitted that he prefers to play in a central role in his post-match interview with Sky Sports after the 2-2 draw in the north London derby.
Former Manchester United manager Mourinho explained why he believes Aubameyang could prove a big hit in a wide position in the Arsenal team this season.
“They [the Arsenal front three] are very good players,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“Normally, they should be on the pitch together. What the others are saying is right. Aubameyang wants to play in the middle because when he is in the middle he feels like he can score more goals, but maybe he can score just as many playing on the left.
“What happens at Liverpool is Roberto Firmino drops back in between the lines and then he gives more space for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to attack these diagonals.
“I could see Aubameyang playing on the left for Liverpool and scoring a lot of goals.
“For Arsenal, Lacazette doesn’t have that quality but they have two options. One with two midfielders and then one in a number 10 role, who can feed the three without bringing Lacazette in between the lines. The other is to bring Pepe from the right inside.
“If he plays more inside he can feed more diagonal balls to Aubameyang and Lacazette. They have lots of options.”
Arsenal are in fifth position in the Premier League table and five points behind current leaders Liverpool FC.
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