Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Arsenal's new-look attack can match Liverpool
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang discusses Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal's new attacking trio, their similarities with Liverpool and his targets for the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette struck up a prolific partnership last season scoring 50 goals, but this season there's a new dimension to the Arsenal attack with the addition of club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.
"It is going to be crazy - everybody is excited," Aubameyang tells Sky Sports when discussing playing alongside Lacazette and new £72m man Pepe. "I am looking forward to it."
It was something every Arsenal fan was looking forward to and they got a brief glimpse of the trio playing together when Pepe, who scored 23 goals for Lille last season, came on at half-time in the Gunners' 2-1 victory over Burnley last Saturday
There were promising signs for the trio, who were on the field together for 26 minutes. In that time Aubameyang scored the Gunners' winner, but Lacazette, who grabbed Arsenal's opener, and Pepe all showed flashes of what they can do as the Gunners started a campaign with back-to-back wins for the first time in 10 years.
And now Unai Emery could unleash all three from the start when Arsenal travel to Anfield to face Liverpool, live on Sky Sports, and Aubameyang is hoping the trio can hit it off straight away.
"Hopefully, yes," he told Sky Sports. "I think we can do it.
"First of all, he speaks French so it will be easy for him to settle in and play with us. He only started training with us a few weeks ago but it's good to have him with us. He's started well.
"Last season he was amazing. He'll bring us speed and excellent finishing, and that's good for us."
Arsenal's opponents on Saturday, Liverpool, have a formidable trio of their own in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Aubameyang believes there are similarities between Liverpool's front three and Arsenal's new trio, and insists there's no reason why the Gunners' frontline can't be just as successful.
"As we've seen from last season, Liverpool play with three up front and they play very well. Why not us? I think we can do it," he added.
"It will be a tough game against them. They are great players. They always try to go forward and try to get goals and assist each other. They are one of the best trios in the world.
"I see a lot of similarities," he added. "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."