Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he is happy to see Robert Lewandowski arrive in Barcelona, even though it will most likely cost him his place.
Barcelona finally finalized the signing of Robert Lewandowski last week. He is predicted to take over from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the main striker after joining from Arsenal in the January transfer window.
He scored 13 goals in 23 games as Xavi’s side enjoyed a solid end to the season, finishing second in La Liga. But his playing time is now sure to be drastically reduced after Robert Lewandowski, who finished as the Bundesliga’s top scorer last year, was signed for £42.5m.
Xavi Hernandez’s tendency to place a central striker at Barcelona means that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in danger of losing his place. However, he insists the presence of Robert Lewandowski is not a problem for him.
Happy Surprisingly, that’s not something that concerns Aubameyang, who played alongside Robert Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund. Instead, the Gabon international is eager to reunite with his former team-mate.
“I’m really excited because I know him well, we played together at Dortmund and had a great time there. I’m just happy and when it’s official we’re reunited,” Aubameyang told ESPN FC .
“And we had some nice words about the past, but I’m very happy because that’s how Barcelona will compete, with great strikers and that’s what this club is all about. Obviously I think we have more experience.”
Ready to Duet Furthermore, Aubameyang said he was ready to work as well as possible with Lewandowski at Barcelona.
“We can probably do better than the past at Dortmund. I’m sure about that. Personally, I will try to give my best and I’m sure he will.”
“We hope we have better numbers than in the past. The club did a great summer in terms of new players.”
Maybe Duet Barca manager Xavi must now find a way to accommodate the two star strikers in his starting line-up . The Spanish legend tends to play in a 4-3-3 formation, with room for only one centre-forward.
But asked if Xavi had expanded his plans to play his two star players, Aubameyang hinted there was room for both.
“Yes a little. He spoke to all of us that we have to compete this year to win titles and trophies.”
“Of course when you talk about trophies, we need a competitive team. That’s why we have a lot of strikers, midfielders and defenders. I think this is the way to achieve something this season,” said Xavi.
Aubameyang must be relieved Aubameyang’s optimism in welcoming Lewandowski as a team-mate is questionable. Former Premier League star Shaka Hislop believes Lewandowski will start ahead of Aubameyang.
“It’s not a great position for Aubameyang because if you play with one striker it will be Lewandowksi. Unless you decide to rotate, as long as he is fit, Aubameyang can start,” he told ESPN .
“So for Aubameyang, where does he fit in? Does he come in as cover for Lewandowski, or as cover for one of the players who might play out wide? When you are a player like Aubameyang with his quality and reputation, being number two is not good.”