Arsene Wenger says that he has no qualms deploying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left side of his attack because he thinks the position suits his new signing’s attributes.
After Sunday’s win against Stoke, the boss hinted that the Gabon international could shift from a central position to accommodate Alexandre Lacazette should he feel the need to play his two star strikers in the same line-up.
Ahead of this weekend’s game against Southampton, he reiterated the fact that Aubameyang’s pace means he’s versatile enough to play across the front line.
“He is very good at running in behind defenders, and on the flanks there is a bit more room for that.
“He has huge physical potential and on the flanks he can express that much more than he can in the middle, going up and down.
“He has that capacity to repeat at high intensity, and that’s why I think when he plays on the left it suits him well.
“Also, when you play on the left you can come inside and shoot with your right foot, and he loves to do that.
“He gives us width and runs in behind and that’s a very important ingredient in success. When you’re a defender and somebody runs in behind, you don’t like that too much. He has that capacity.”
Given Aubameyang is cup-tied in the Europa League and Alex Lacazette is just returning from injury, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the former starts centrally against Southampton with the latter taking a breather ahead of Thursday’s trip to Russia for the Europa League quarter-final second leg.