Sitting down with Sky Sports, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang talked about his expectations from the Saturday’s match against Liverpool and how things will change for them now that the club have signed Nicolas Pepe for a record amount of 79 million euros.
It is no surprise that there are great expectations from the striking trio: Aubameyang himself, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe. Aubameyang and Lacazette had a highly successful season last year even without the newest addition to their team. The two of them scored 50 times between themselves, the former 31 and the latter 19, while Pepe, who played at Lille last season, scored 23 goals.
The start of this season has been a success as well, with the French/Gabonese duo responsible for winning Arsenal two consecutive games, first in ten seasons. Pepe only came on at half-time in the Burnley match and the trio played together for 26 minutes, giving the audience a preview of what they can expect in the future.
Aubameyang is hoping that manager Unai Emery will decide to let them play together from the start tomorrow, but as the manager said yesterday, he will wait until today’s training to make up his mind. Auba believes that adding Pepe to the team will bring a new dimension to the Gunners’ attack and they are looking forward to seeing how things will work out on the pitch.
“It is going to be crazy – everybody is excited,” Aubameyang tells Sky Sports.
The 30-year-old is certain they can match their formidable opponent, Liverpool’s attacking trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Last season the three scored 69 times for Liverpool and helped gain 97 points in the Premiere League, finishing only one point behind the champions, Manchester City. Aubameyang thinks that his team can be just as successful.
“Liverpool play with three up front and they play very well. Why not us? I think we can do it,” he says.
He is not one to underestimate their opponent, however, and he is aware of how well Salah, Mane and Firmino cooperate together. Still, he chooses to see the glass half full:
“Pepe and me, we are quick players like Mane and Salah, while Laca is a player who can keep the ball and is really good with his feet like Firmino. So yes, we can say we are close enough.”