There’s a real bromance forming between Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Arsenal strikers seem to genuinely get on, and their chemistry on the pitch has helped form one of the strongest forward-partnerships in world football.
The stats are certainly impressive.
In the 21 games they’ve started together this season, they’ve notched 24 goals and 10 assists combined.
But their understanding goes beyond scoring goals, as the two seem to respect each other enough to look beyond the typical selfishness you expect from world-renowned strikers.
In their 2-0 win against Man United this afternoon, there was a moment just before the second goal that really shone through.
Having won a fairly soft penalty from a shove in the back by United’s Fred, Lacazette’s first thought as the referee pointed to the spot was to hand the ball over to Aubameyang, instead of taking the penalty himself.
This was a pretty ballsy move from the Frenchman, as Auba fluffed a late spot-kick in the derby match against Spurs earlier this month – allowing the the North London rivals to share the points.
The Gabon striker was clearly cut up after that mistake, and looked bereft of confidence in the midweek defeat to Rennes as a result.
But as he struck the pen through the middle of David De Gea’s goal – wrong-footing the Spaniard in the process – it was clear that the goal was the boost he needed.
Back in April, in a Premier League match against Stoke, Aubameyang turned down the chance to complete a hat-trick when Arsenal were awarded a penalty; instead giving the ball to Lacazette.
At this point, Lacazette had endured a fairly underwhelming spell with the Gunners which had left him short of confidence, while Aubameyang was in red-hot goal-scoring form.
The resulting goal and the gesture from his teammate prompted a strong bond to emerge between the pair off the pitch, which the Gunners have reaped the rewards of this season.
Lovely to see Laca return the gesture, don’t you think?
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