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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang questions Unai Emery after Alexandre Lacazette was left out of Arsenal’s win over Watford

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Unai Emery has defended playing only one striker against Watford (Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has appeared to question Unai Emery’s tactics following Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford on Monday evening.

Aubameyang capitalised on an error from Ben Foster to score the only goal of the game at Vicarage Road and fire the Gunners back into fourth position in the Premier League.

But the Gabon striker has suggested that he was unhappy with Emery’s decision to leave Alexandre Lacazette on the bench for the entire game.

‘Everybody knows that I like to play with Laca because we have a great partnership,’ Aubameyang told Sky Sports.

‘Sometimes one plays, the other is on the bench. It’s like that. You have to fight for the team.

‘I think you know that I like to play with two strikers but I don’t want to say it because the coach will be maybe a bit angry.’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s winner against Watford (Getty Images)

Emery, meanwhile, has explained that he played Aubameyang as the sole striker in order to gain more control in Arsenal’s midfield.

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‘First I decided to do the change of Lucas Torreira because after the red card, the atmosphere is against him and also the doctor said to me in the first half that he has a little pain for Thursday and I decided okay, it’s the moment [to substitute him],’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘We played with the same system – 4-2-3-1 – with Xhaka and Aaron coming closer to Xhaka for the build-up and Mesut behind Auba as a midfielder.

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‘We didn’t control like I wanted to control the match. We are thinking and I was thinking to play with three centre backs to be enough for our build-up and use one player more in the middle, like Matteo as a possibility to help with Xhaka, help with Aaron and Mesut, to give the security in the midfield.

‘But I didn’t do this decision on the pitch with all the control I wanted, so after I changed and recovered a 4-2-3-1 with Ainsley.

‘Above all, also in our team, the second half they can take some moments and the possibility to score in set-pieces or a long ball and a second action.

‘We worked very well on set-pieces and the long balls with second actions but the most important for us was to score the second goal to control the match.’

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