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'Aubameyang & Lacazette an Emirates pairing' - Keown sees home and away sides for Arsenal

16:15 BST 30/08/2018
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The former Gunners defender believes Unai Emery will only use a strike partnership showing signs of promise in front of the club's own supporters

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have shown a promising “connection”, says Martin Keown, but Arsenal are only expected to use them in tandem when playing at home.

The Gunners often line up with a lone frontman, with attacking support provided by deep-lying playmakers.

Aubameyang is the favoured option to lead the line at present, with Unai Emery sticking with a 4-2-3-1 approach since inheriting the reins from Arsene Wenger.

France international Lacazette has, however, impressed during recent outings to stake a serious claim for a regular starting berth.

Keown believes he is deserving of such a role but feels he may only get the nod at Emirates Stadium, telling the Daily Mail: “These two seem desperate to play with one another. When Lacazette plays, Aubameyang comes to life. There is undoubtedly a connection between them.

“When Lacazette came on against West Ham, it gave Arsenal a focal point. Everything stuck and without him, Arsenal lacked a target man.

“It may be that Unai Emery has one team for Arsenal’s home games and another for when they play away.

Arsenal recorded their first victory of the 2018-19 campaign when facing the Hammers last time out, with Emery relieved to collect a 3-1 success after seeing his side fall behind on derby day.

The Gunners are now up and running after taking in a testing start but Keown believes there is still plenty of work to be done, particularly at the back.

The former centre-half added: “Arsenal gifted so many chances to West Ham. I agree with Arsenal playing a high line because it condenses the space for the opposition.

“But you have to play a high line with caution. As a defender, you have to be prepared to drop off if someone makes a good run.

“At the moment, none of the Arsenal defenders are seeing the runs or dropping off to deal with them.

“Saturday was a timely win that will have done the team’s confidence the world of good. But it is vital they persevere with what Emery wants to do.”