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What Emery sacrifices to start Aubameyang, Lacazette & Ozil together

The Arsenal fans are always hoping to see Lacazette, Ozil and Aubameyang in the starting eleven but Unai Emery does make sacrifices to start them in their rightful positions.



Unai Emery
( Arsenal boss Unai Emery / Photo via Getty )

Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are the most loved players at the North London club, and the supporters are always hoping to see this trio in the starting eleven but Unai Emery has rarely used them together from the start this season. For these three players to play in their respective positions, Unai Emery must use the 3-4-1-2 formation so let’s take a look at the sacrifices that the boss makes to use the trio of Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette.


Using the 3-4-1-2 formation will of course let Aubameyang and Lacazette play as two strikers upfront while Ozil plays in his favourite role of being the central attacking midfielder but the problem is that the squad will be without wingers. If Emery was to continue using this formation which allows the trio of Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette to play in their right positions then the likes of Suarez, Iwobi and Mkhitaryan would keep coming into the matches as substitutes since there isn’t a place to fit wingers into the squad.

So Unai Emery would have to sacrifice not playing any of his wingers to favour the use of the Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette trio.


LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: (L) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring the 2nd Arsenal goal with (R) Alex Lacazette during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)


Playing without wingers means wingbacks will need to do the job of feeding balls to the two strikers upfront because this formation consists of two central midfielders and Ozil isn’t effective on the flanks. Wingbacks going into the final third is dangerous when you are facing a team that is good at counter attacks because one slip up will put the three players at the back under pressure, if the wingbacks aren’t fast enough to protect their flanks.

Lacazette, Ozil and Aubameyang can start together in some other formations but that probably sees one not play in his real position, e.g: Aubameyang playing as a winger yet he is a striker so these are some of the sacrifices that Unai Emery makes to start this trio in its rightful positions.

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