Unai Emery discusses tactical switch but rules out pairing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against West Ham

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The Arsenal boss has emphasised the need for control, but believes pairing the close friends could cause problems at present Unai Emery insists he is open to adapting his tactics at Arsenal – but says he will not be pairing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against West Ham.The Spaniard has used a 4-2-3-1 formation in each of the Gunners matches thus far, with Aubameyang leading the line and Lacazette starting on the bench.On both occasions the Frenchman has been come on in the second half, but on both occasions has led the line with ex-Dortmund hitman Aubameyang moving out to the left wing.Doing so from the start against the Hammers at the Emirates has been mooted as a possibility as Arsenal look for their first points of the season, following the 2-0 reverse to Manchester City and the 3-2 loss at Chelsea.The duo are close friends off the field and have been keen to stress that they can play together.

But playing from wide isn’t something that suits either forward, both of whom prefer to play at the point of attack.And Emery, when asked whether he would change his formation this weekend to accommodate the duo as a partnership, had some bad news for the pair.”At the moment, no,” said Emery when asked if they would play together. “At the moment, I think we need to have the control with the possession, with the positioning on the pitch, with more players inside.

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