Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that his preferred position is up front, despite spending a lot of the season so far playing on the wing.
Speaking ahead of the North London derby, Aubameyang revealed that although he’s happy to play on the wing to help the team, he’d rather start as a centre-forward.
“I prefer to play as a striker, but I’m a guy who wants to work for the team as well,” Aubameyang said. “If they need me on the wing, I will play on the wing, of course, but I prefer to play up front.”
So far this season, Aubameyang has split his time between the centre-forward position and the wings. However, that’s largely a situation of his own making. The 29-year-old had the chance to start the first three games of the season up front, and he drew blanks in all three.
Then Alexandre Lacazette took the striker’s place, with Aubameyang moving out wide, and suddenly they both started scoring goals.
Things changed again after Lacazette picked up a knock before the international break, with Aubameyang returning to the middle and scoring the winner against Bournemouth. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess who will get the nod up front against Tottenham Hotspur.
For a game like this though, the only thing that matters is that you get the win. If Emery asks you to play full-back to help the team, you do it. Fortunately, it seems Aubameyang is well aware of that.