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Neville: Emery must play both star strikers

10 Sep 2018

Pundit says starting Lacazette and Aubameyang together could bring Arsenal further joy at Newcastle

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery should stick to the winning formula of his last match and play Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the start, says Phil Neville.

After being a substitute in Arsenal's first three fixtures, Lacazette started the 3-2 win at Cardiff City, with Aubameyang moving to the left. Lacazette scored one goal and set up another for his strike partner.

Neville, a former player for Manchester United and Everton, believes fielding Lacazette and Aubameyang from kick-off for Saturday's trip to Newcastle United will aid Emery's hopes of a third consecutive victory.

"They score more goals, they have better movement," Neville says in the video above. "Defenders don't like playing against him [Lacazette] because of his little sharp, darting movements."

"Arsenal are a better side with him. They look better going forward.

"It's just a question of how long Aubameyang can sacrifice himself or be happy on the left-hand side."

Neville's argument that the Gunners attack is more dangerous when Lacazette starts is backed up by statistics.

Arsenal average 2.2 goals a match with Lacazette from kick-off, compared with 1.5 when he does not start.

Their average points won also increase with the Frenchman in the first XI, from 1.1 to 2.0. 

Arsenal in PL 2017/18 to present
  Lacazette starting Lacazette not starting
Played 27 15
Won 16 5
Drawn 5 1
Lost 6 9
Goals for 59 23
Goals/match 2.2 1.5
Win % 59.3 33.3
Points/match 2.0 1.1


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