Lacazette: No competition with Aubameyang & I'd love it if he scores 40 goals

Alexandre Lacazette Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2017-18
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The 27-year-old says the pair have a great relationship, although he did indicate things can get more serious on the training ground

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has said that he is not in direct competition with fellow forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and that he wants his club-mate to be as prolific as possible.

Having scored 100 goals in France for Lyon, the 27-year-old is now in his second season at the Emirates, where he finds himself in conjunction with Aubameyang, a player of similar skillset.

But Lacazette insists that the pair, who previously faced off in Ligue 1 derbies when OL met Saint-Etienne, are not direct rivals.

“Really, for me no,” he told Sky Sports when asked if there is an edge to their relationship.

“If Auba score 40 goals and we go to the Champions League and we win something, too, I will be happy because this season. We just want to win something.

“There is no competition like who scores more goals on the weekend. Maybe in training because it is better to improve, but not at the weekend.”

Indeed, Lacazette says that he gets on well with his team-mate.

“We just have fun, we laugh, but we work as well,” he said.

“People can see that we smile together, we are a good partnership. But when we have to work, we work. We know when we can work and when we can laugh, and we just enjoy laughing and football together.

“I’ve known him since we were in France and he knows me too. I know how he plays so our relationship is natural.”

Meanwhile, Lacazette has lifted the lid on how Unai Emery’s approach has differed from that of Arsene Wenger, the long-time Gunners boss he replaced in the summer.

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"Since the coach took the team we work a lot tactically, offensively, defensively." he said. "We work on everything because we know we have to improve every part of our game.

"So we just work every day and this is the fruit of the work."

Arsenal face Leicester in the Premier League on Monday night, aiming to jump into the top four with a win. Indeed, a four-goal victory over Claude Puel’s side would carry them to third ahead of Chelsea.