Bromance of Arsenal strikers

When he joined in January, there was plenty of talk that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  was a disruptive influence.

There was talk that his arrival would cause friction with between the Gabonese striker and the man bought in the summer, Alexandre Lacazette. That two players competing for one position, and one with the ego of Aubameyang, would result in the French striker being unhappy and leaving.

Calling Aubameyang a disruptive influence with an ego was basically lazy journalism.

They saw a young black man with spiky hair and tattoos who liked sports cars and jackets and assumed he had a massive ego, without really knowing the player. It was labelling, the same we see with Raheem Sterling.

Every multi millionaire footballer has a top of the range car, usually more than one, but it seems only certain players are criticised for it. Usually young black players.

They also claimed he was a disruptive influence. But there had no evidence of it. Just hearsay. Even though those that knew him, or were close to the Dortmund set up debunked the rumours. They said he had a couple of issues over the years arriving late for training after visiting Milan or Paris, but that was all.

He was a team mate. A jolly character who bought people together.

The press ignored the facts and wrote their stories for hits, clicks and advertising revenue.

Instead of competing against each other, seeing each other as rivals creating friction, Aubameyang and Lacazette have actually struck up a bromance, and it should not be a surprise to anyone.

Aubameyang and Lacazette were born just two years apart, they are both in their late 20s adjusting to life in a new country.

Lacazette was born in Lyon, France, spending his entire life in the French city prior to moving to Arsenal. Aubameyang meanwhile is much more travelled in his career.

Aubameyang’s career has taken him from Italy, to France, then Germany and now England. What is often forgotten about is that whilst he plays for Gabon he was actually born in Laval, France.

He lived in France for 17 years before moving to Italy to join AC Milan’s youth set up. They then loaned him back to French clubs before selling him to Saint-Étienne in 2011.

He is the son of former Gabonese captain Pierre Aubameyang, but is as much French as he is Gabonese.

Like Aubameyang, Lacazette is also from a French immigrant family. His family originate from Guadeloupe.

Lacazette is the youngest of 4 brothers, Aubameyang the youngest of 3.

So here you have two men of similar age, both bought up in France to immigrant families, both the youngest children, both living in London for the first time. Is it really a surprise that they are drawn to each other, seeing themselves as friends rather than rivals?

They clearly socialise together, and their off the pitch connection came through during the game against Cardiff on Sunday where they linked up well.

Playing the pair up front together, at the sacrifice of either Mesut Ozil or Henrikh Mkhitaryan is an exciting option.


2 thoughts on “Bromance of Arsenal strikers

  1. Charles Charlie Charles

    The big positive in Cardiff was that we put together three really good goals. The negative is that we let in two easily defended goals.

    The three good goals can be put down to a bit more “playing together” experience amongst our new signings. Dare I say it, maybe even a partnership?

    But at the back!!!.

    Please don’t pass the ball back to Cech when there is an opposition player within 50 yards. The bloke shits his pants whenever he has the ball at his feet and I was nearly crying at the opening match against Man City when I had the misfortune to be sat right behind him in the front row. He’s a great shot stopper, but it’s no good being great shot stopper if you are going to give the ball away every two seconds.

    Mix it up a bit. Kick it long every now and again. If you play it short each time, the other lot will stay in your half and press you because they have no reason to retreat. The idea of playing out from the back is to use the space left by the retreating opposition. They won’t retreat if they know you are always going to play out from the back. FFS. It’s not that hard to work out!!

    Finally, when defending set plays, fuck what the manager says, mark the man. Stay in front of him, get all over him. This zonal marking shit is bollocks and always has been.

    Aside from the rant above, we have some points and a bit of a breather until the next one.

    All is good.


  2. Farkov

    Agreed. Nearly entirely.
    Not sure whether zonal is at fault for their second, as Ramsey was , allegedly, in front of their receiver… forget his name, huge fucker it seemed like the way Rambo crumbled.
    Cech …. my angina alerts started very early. Why is it up to him to choose to hoof it??
    He has enough trouble looking up when the ball is approaching him. I honestly think there is a ‘wiring” issue. Whether that’s innate ,or acquired is debatable. But out field players have variable degrees of third eye ability. Cech seems to have zero. So encouraging Staffi or Papa ,or Duzzi to hoof it ( or best of the lot Torriera, oh please play him) . First touch , every now and then foot to feet upfield, would really give the oppose food for thought.
    Having said all that , this is evolving, and we do score well.



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