It’s nice to be nice.
Arsenal fans were given another look at what the future could be like after their win against Fulham.
In particular, the budding partnership between Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
The pair both found the back of the net twice in what was a brilliant team performance.
Aubameyang was forced to watch the first-half from the bench after he was deemed not fit enough to start.
He came on to devastating effect.
The Gabon international came on to partner Lacazette as Arsenal switched to a traditional 4-4-2 system.
It’s a tactical switch that Unai Emery first made against Cardiff.
On that occasion, as with the 2-0 win over Everton last month, both Aubameyang and Lacazette got themselves on the scoresheet, with the latter assisting his partner’s effort.
Almost immediately after the Gabon striker rocked up at the Emirates in January, Lacazette’s long-term future with the Gunners was cast into uncertainty.
A relatively underwhelming opening six-months to his Arsenal career, as well as a lengthy injury, had left the Frenchman short of form and confidence.
One particular moment last season will be regarded as the turning point in Lacazette’s Arsenal career, and he has Aubameyang to thank for it.
Coming off the bench to make his return to action after six weeks out on the treatment table, Arsenal were sitting pretty with a 2-0 lead against Stoke in April.
What had been a routine day for the Gunners, courtesy of two Aubameyang goals, was about to be signed and sealed after Arsenal were awarded a penalty.
Just one goal shy of his first hat-trick for the club, and having already scored a penalty, it seemed inevitable that Yo Pirre would step up to the spot.
Plot twist, he handed the ball over to his new teammate Lacazette, a moment that might have sparked the start of something very, very special.
The Samaritan-like gesture prompted a strong bond to emerge between the pair off the pitch.
We are now seeing the benefit of that relationship on the pitch.
Their camaraderie is widely documented across social media, with Aubameyang even firing shots at Harry Kane to show his affection for Lacazette.
The Gunners’ questionable defence means the onus is on Aubameyang and Lacazette to score the goals to bail their side out of trouble.
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