Alexandre Lacazette motivated Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before penalty in Arsenal v Man United

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal managed to record a crucial win against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

After contrasting results in mid-week, Man United went into the game at the Emirates Stadium as the favourites.

But Unai Emery's side were far superior on the day as they emerged 2-0 winners.

Granit Xhaka gave the hosts the lead when his effort from long-range deceived David de Gea.

And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the spot with just over 20 minutes to go to ensure Arsenal would move into fourth in the Premier League.

Aubameyang would have been relieved to see his spot-kick hit the back of the net.

The Gabonese international missed a late penalty against Tottenham last week, which cost his side all three points.

But he showed great mental resilience on Sunday to put that previous bad memory behind him.

Alexandre Lacazette has formed a great friendship with Aubameyang at Arsenal, and that was shown once again just before the penalty.

As soon as the penalty was awarded, Lacazette pointed in Aubameyang's direction and insisted he should take the spot-kick.

Cameras then captured him motivating his strike partner just before he stepped up.

Pure class from Lacazette.

Many would have thought Lacazette would have wanted to take the penalty himself, especiallly after Aubameyang's miss against Spurs.

But the Frenchman showed what a team player he is by motivating Aubameyang and filling him with confidence just before the crucial penalty.

Arsenal fans enjoyed seeing Lacazette's encouragement.

Unai Emery insisted he had confidence that they would score, regardless which one of the strikers took the penalty.

Aubameyang and Lacazette celebrate

"Here we have some different players who can shoot the penalty. They decided," he said, per the Metro. "Aubameyang has experience and is a specialist. Today I had the same confidence in both."

Aubameyang also praised him teammates for giving him the confidence he needed to score his side's second.

"I felt comfortable because all my teammates gave me a lot of confidence," he said, per

Arsenal players celebrate Aubameyang's goal against Man United

"Laca let me shoot again and that’s really nice. That’s the spirit of the team so I felt well when I took my shot.

"I was waiting for the goalkeeper so that I could shoot the same as usual and last time against Tottenham I had my head down and didn’t watch the goalkeeper.

"That was my mistake but today I watched him, waited and scored."

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