Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is excited at the prospect of playing with Nicolas Pepe once the Arsenal summer signing is fully up to speed.
Pepe signed from Lille in a £72million deal and came off the bench in Arsenal’s opening day victory over Newcastle.
Unai Emery wants to ease Pepe into his starting eleven, but after scoring the winner against Newcastle, Aubameyang hopes his fellow attacker will soon be in the starting line-up.
‘I’m looking forward to it, because he’s a really great player,’ he said.
‘He’s already shown in training that he’s capable of doing great things with us. Hopefully he will start soon.’ Aubameyang was the difference in a close game against Newcastle, with neither side creating much clear-cut chances. Newcastle hit the post twice and Aubameyang converted the one real opportunity to score Arsenal mustered at St James’ Park.
Aubameyang finished last season as the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner, sharing the award with Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and the 30-year-old is already dreaming of repeating the feat. ‘As a striker of course it’s in the mind,’ he replied when asked about the race for the Golden Boot. ‘But first of all, as I’ve always said, the most important is the team. I’m really happy that the goal could help us to win the game.’ Pepe could be given his full debut for Arsenal in their next match, which is scheduled for Saturday against Burnley in the Gunners’ first home game of the new campaign.