Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has mostly been deployed on the left side of Arsenal’s attack, not only since Mikel Arteta took over, but under Unai Emery as well. Not putting the team’s best goalscorer into the central attacking position has often been mentioned as something not easily understood by the fans, but the fact remains that the captain has been very effective when cutting in from the left.
As for the Gabonese himself, he was asked about where he prefers to play, and his answer was simple.
“I play everywhere, I don’t mind really, I really don’t mind,” he said. “Everyone knows where I prefer to play but this doesn’t matter because I prefer to have many options than just one.”
The forward said he liked learning through playing, and pointed out that a player always learns new things when he plays in a different role, especially about movement. He also expressed his opinion that Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are doing a great job in the No.9 role.
“I’ve learnt a lot of things since I’ve been playing on the left side. It gives me opportunities because a lot of defences are attracted by the No 9. Laca and Eddie are doing a great job and so they leave space for us sometimes to come and run in behind the defence. So of course it’s helped me and I’m still learning as a left winger.”
Meanwhile, the 31-year-old also spoke to Afrique Sport and said that the Gunners’ greatest problem at the moment is scoring goals. He shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in 2018/19 and missed out by only one goal to Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy last season, but this term he has been unusually shy, scoring only twice in nine league appearances so far.