Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was offered words of encouragement by Alexandre Lacazette (Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that Alexandre Lacazette told him to ‘be focused’ before his penalty in Arsenal’s win over Manchester United on Sunday.
The Gunners sealed a 2-0 victory over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to boost their chances of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Granit Xhaka opened the scoring in the first half before Arsenal were given the chance to double their lead in the 69th minute after Lacazette was brought down by Fred.
But instead of taking the penalty himself, Lacazette offered it to Aubameyang, who had missed his spot kick the previous weekend in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Wembley.
Aubameyang struck his effort past David De Gea and has credited Lacazette for his words of wisdom.
‘This friendship is really really strong,’ said Aubameyang.
Lacazette allowed Aubameyang to take the penalty against Manchester United (Getty Images)‘Straight after he fell down, he looked for me and said: ‘You shoot. You have to be focused and you shoot’.
‘It’s a great partnership and, of course, the coach decides who plays and whether we play together or not.
‘And we have to accept that, that’s normal. But I think we are both really focused on playing for the team and giving our best.
‘We don’t care about who is shooting the penalty, the most important thing is to score.
‘After Laca got the penalty and looked at me, I felt good and I was ready to score because we are having a good period with the team and everybody said that I would score again.
‘I watched the penalty I missed a lot. I knew that I made a mistake when I shot last week.
‘But in life you have to always look forward and I had to be focused. That’s what I was against United.’
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