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Arsenal tactics: How Emery can get the best out of Lacazette, Aubameyang and Pepe in a front three

By Squawka News

Published: 18:03, 11 September 2019

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has an embarrassment of riches to choose from in attack as he looks to secure a return to the Premier League top four.

However, although an abundance of options looks enviable on paper, managing to discover the right formula on the pitch is another matter.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and new signing Nicolas Pepe are all vying for regular game time, with ambitious fans calling for the entire trio to be included in the Gunners’ starting XI.

But Emery has only started all three attackers in one team on just one occasion this season as he continues to assess his options and settle on a set of tactics both in and out of possession.

Lacazette seems to be most suited to a central role given his physical attributes and insatiable pressing, but shifting Aubameyang out wide takes something away from the Gabon international’s game.

The latter’s speed is also an asset that cannot be ignored given that he possesses enough of it to frighten even the most assured defenders.

Pepe, meanwhile, also bring bags of pace to the table and pairing him with Aubameyang in a front two would surely not be regarded as a poor option by supporters.

Emery also has the matter of deciding which combination of midfielders behind his strikeforce will prove to be the most potent.

Is Mesut Ozil’s lackadaisical style just what the doctor ordered? Or are Dani Ceballos’ driving runs better suited to the task?

Watch the video at the top of the article to hear Statman Dave and Nick Bright‘s tactical verdict on Arsenal’s front three.

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