Emery keeps faith with star forwards

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NEWCASTLE — Unai Emery is set to unleash Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Newcastle today as the Arsenal manager looks to maintain his side’s free-scoring revival.

The Premier League season may be only a few weeks old, but Emery is beginning to get his feet under the table at the Emirates Stadium after succeeding Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners began with defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea before getting the better of West Ham and then Cardiff.

The first two fixtures saw Emery begin with Gabon star Aubameyang as his starting striker and French forward Lacazette come on in the second half, at the expense of a midfielder.

It was a similar story against West Ham in Arsenal’s third match.

Lacazette came on for Alex Iwobi at halftime but with a much more tangible result: Arsenal looked far more potent with the Frenchman on the pitch and went on to seal a 3-1 victory — Emery’s first as Gunners boss.

Both forwards started in the 3-2 win at Cardiff before the international break, forming a lively double act to grab their first goals of the season.

Lacazette’s 81st-minute strike proved decisive in Arsenal’s second victory under Emery.

Emery, who played Lacazette as the main striker and pushed Aubameyang to the left at Cardiff, is unlikely to go fully retro with a 4-4-2 formation but gave no indication that he intended to bench one of his superstar forwards.

“I am very happy with the last two victories in the Premier League and also with the performances,” he said when asked if both might start.

“I want to push every player to be okay to help the team if for one minute, 30 minutes or half time or 90 minutes.” — AFP