Wednesday Jan 13, 2021. 15:00
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is confident that he will turn his season around.
The Gabon international has only scored three goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season and admits to “struggling a lot” in front of goal, since the start of the current campaign.
Aubameyang scored 29 goals across all competitions last season, four of which came in two FA Cup games which helped the Gunners to a record-extending 14th title in the world’s oldest association football competition.
He scored Arsenal’s second as the North London club started their FA Cup title defence with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United last weekend, to take his overall tally up to six for the season.
Asked about his lack of goals, Aubameyang said as quoted by Sky Sports: “From the beginning of this season I was struggling a lot but I think this is part of football.
“We gave a lot at the end of the season to win the FA Cup and to qualify for the Europa League because it was really important for the club.
“Sometimes you have ups and downs and you have to manage as best you can. I tried my best and until now it was not the best performance from me.
“I’m still positive. I think I can turn this around.”
Furthermore, the 31-year-old revealed that his struggles in front of goal can make it more difficult to captain his side.
“It’s really hard to manage both but you have to be as positive as you can because the team needs you,” Aubameyang added.
“I always try to give my best, not only on the pitch but also in the dressing room for the guys.
“Sometimes it’s hard and maybe you are not in the right mood but you have to find a way to change it and give positive vibes for the guys.”
Arsenal return to Premier League action at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday before hosting Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on Monday evening as they aim to build on a three-game winning run in the competition.