Arsenal star opens up on playing out of position

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been a huge hit at the Emirates since arriving in the Premier League. The Gabon international has helped the North-London outfit with a lot of goals and shared the Premier League Golden Boot last season alongside Liverpool duo; Salah and Mane.

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The former Dortmund man has scored 43 goals in just 67 appearances but has been shunted out wide severally by Unai Emery to accommodate French striker, Alexandre Lacazette who enjoys playing through the middle. However, Aubameyang has not disclosed that he is happy moving out of a central striking berth if required.

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“If asked, playing out wide is not a problem,” the 30-year-old striker told Sky Sports. “I’ve played a lot of times on the right and the left during my career, so I am used to it.”

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He added that playing out wide is actually harder than playing as the main striker upfront: “You have to run a bit more! You have to provide a few more crosses for the guys in the middle,” Aubameyang revealed.

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“It’s a bit of a different job. When you are a striker you have to keep hold of the ball and you have to score goals. When you are out wide you have to run and defend a bit more than if you are playing as a striker through the middle, but it’s not a problem,” he said.

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Despite drifting out wide, Aubameyang scored 31 goals in all competitions last season. He went on to say: “My target this year is to get more goals than last season. It was only my first full season so I can be happy because I shared the Golden Boot with Salah and Mane from Liverpool. It was a big challenge, but I did it and I’m really happy.”

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“This season, first of all, hopefully, we can reach our goal of qualifying for the Champions League and of course, personally yes, if I can get more goals than last season, I’d be happy. Hopefully, it’s going to be a good season for Arsenal,” he concluded.