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ARSENAL striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has told Unai Emery he wants to play up front week-in, week-out after his two-goal display in the north London derby.
The 29-year-old drilled in an early penalty to put the Gunners ahead against Tottenham and equalised shortly before the hour mark with a stunning curler from the edge of the area to make it 2-2.
Aaron Ramsey then came from the bench to set up both Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira’s strikes as Arsenal sealed an emphatic 4-2 win over their arch rivals at the Emirates Stadium.
All is going well for Emery with Arsenal now 19 games unbeaten since mid-August and sat in fourth, just a point off Chelsea ahead of them in third.
Key to their success so far has been Aubameyang, who is the Premier League’s top goalscorer with 10 goals in 14 games, having scored 12 in 18 across all competitions.
Yet for much of the campaign the club’s record signing has operated from a wide-left role amid calls for him to be moved centrally.
Aubameyang has led the line as the team’s sole front-man in both of their last two matches with Emery switching to a back-three formation.
Lacazette was benched for both of those games although came from the bench at half-time in the derby and formed a long-awaited front two with Aubameyang in the second half.
And Aubameyang has said in no uncertain terms that he wishes to remain in a central role despite Emery having regularly chosen to start him out wide when he starts with both him and France international Lacazette.
Speaking after the Spurs win, the ex-Borussia Dortmund marksman said: “Everybody knows it – I like to play up front, where I know that I can help the team.
“Sometimes the coach puts me on the left side but centre-forward is my favourite position.”
On his success at Arsenal – having scored 22 goals and added six assists in 32 appearances for the club – Aubameyang added: “Of course, I expected this [form] because the team have helped me to settle in good.
“It has gone well, I’m really happy here. We played like a team [against Spurs] and we did well.”
Champions League hopefuls Arsenal face another test of their credentials tomorrow night when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford (8pm).
The Gunners have gained encouraging results against their top-six rivals over the past month or so, drawing with title challengers Liverpool before beating Spurs, but have not won at United in the league since September 2006.