Gary Neville: Lacazette & Aubameyang Won Arsenal The Game

By The Editor
on 11th March 2019

Gary Neville believes the dynamic duo had the better of Manchester United’s defence…


Gary Neville credited our dynamic strikeforce of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang as the main reason behind our 2-0 win against Manchester United, Sky Sports reports.

Speaking from the Emirates Stadium after the game through his podcast, Neville believes that the Gunners duo were causing Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling all sorts of problems.

Unai Emery went with a bold system, lining up with a 3-5-2 with Mesut Ozil floating behind Lacazette and Aubameyang, a system the visitors couldn’t get to grips with.

We completely dominated them in the early stages of the game and took the lead through a Granit Xhaka thunderblast.

For Neville, he referred back to a saying from legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson to explain that our front-two had the better of the opposition’s central defenders and that gave us the ammunition we needed.

“Lacazette won the penalty – I personally didn’t think it was a penalty, but there’s no doubt Lacazette was clever, he just stepped in front of Fred with a little burst of speed, and then he went over as he felt the contact,” Neville told Martin Tyler.

“They won the game.  Lacazette and Aubameyang being on the pitch won the game for Arsenal.”

“You point towards that first half an hour, Lacazette and Aubameyang got the better of [Chris] Smalling and [Victor] Lindelof.

“I point back to my experience under Sir Alex Ferguson. He used to say ‘if your centre-halves haven’t got hold of the opposition centre-forwards, you’ve always got a real problem in a game’.

“It was a case of which goalkeeper played best and which strikers took their chances, and Arsenal won that,” Neville concluded.

It will be interesting to see if Emery continues with this system for the remainder of the season with eight league games to go.