Aubameyang, who has often been deployed on the left flank by Mikel Arteta, played a crucial part in Arsenal’s FA Cup success last season, scoring a brace in the semi-final victory against Manchester City prior to repeating the feat in the final against Chelsea.
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A season beginning with fans still barred from the grounds due to COVID-19 restrictions needed a start to spark some excitement among frustrated fans and this high-energy, incident-packed encounter certainly delivered.
The presence of a second striker allowed Edouard to drop into space and take his game to new heights last term and, with Ajeti adjudged fit enough to start for the first time since his £5m transfer from West Ham, there was no requirement for the Frenchman to hold a high position.
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It is worth assessing how it has got to this point where the Belgium striker, who continues to flourish for his country as seen on Tuesday night when he scored twice in the 5-1 win over Iceland, has fallen so out of favour at Stamford Bridge.
The powers-that be bestowed test event status on this fixture and, as 300 Ross County supporters settled into their socially-distanced seats, Neil Lennon used the occasion to try out a few new ideas of his own.
It was cruel on Leeds but the Yorkshire club will take huge encouragement from their display while Liverpool, now unbeaten in 60 league games at Anfield, are up and running again. (Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
He developed in the youth ranks at Queens Park Rangers rather than join his father, who saved Forest from administration in 1999 and poured in more than £100million of his personal fortune before stepping down in 2011.
But Leeds showed their resolve again with Patrick Bamford slotting home after Van Dijk had uncharacteristically failed to deal with a ball over the top, his casual attempt to control the ball finding the Leeds striker with keeper Alisson out of position.
And at Palace it all seems to make sense. From that previous loan spell not much has changed from Roy Hodgson still being manager to Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha still occupying positions in an attack which Batshuayi fitted in so well.
Leeds, making their return to the top flight after a 16-year absence, fought back from behind three times and played the brand of intense, attacking football that their Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa established during their promotion campaign last season.
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Michy Batshuayi’s return to Crystal Palace suits every party.
For Chelsea, who have renewed Batshuayi’s contract for one more year until 2022, they protect an asset which could be worth much more with a full season of Premier League football under his belt.
Salah, sporting a new short hair-cut, blasted Liverpool back in front, 12 minutes before the break, when he pounced on an attempted header clear from Pascal Struijk with a first-time shot which gave Illan Meslier no chance.
Last season Palace’s biggest weakness was the number of goals they scored. Only Norwich, who finished bottom, scored fewer (26) than Palace’s 31.
A 14th-placed finish was largely down to Palace’s strong defensive record.
Frank Lampard gave him chances last season and Batshuayi delivered six goals but with only two of them coming in the top flight and Champions League he’s never been fully trusted to feature on a regular basis.
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