Saturday Feb 27, 2021. 12:00
Arsenal manager Mikel Artera believes the club are a much better team and closer to achieving success when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in good form.
The Gabon international bagged a brace in the club’s dramatic 3-2 win over Benfica on Thursday which secured a 4-3 aggregate victory and a place in the last-16 of the Europa League.
Aubameyang, 31, has struggled for consistency this season but has shown signs of his old self of late, having scored five goals in his last three Premier League starts.
“Sometimes when you go through difficult moments, you… get into a sad mood and that’s the worst thing you can do, because nobody has to feel sorry for themselves,” Arteta told reporters.
“What you have to do is get upset, get angry, work harder and approach the situation and face it. Face the challenge in a way that creates more motivation and more hunger to do it and I think in recent weeks I’ve seen that reaction.”
Arteta believes that Aubameyang is getting in better positions to contribute and with the Arsenal skipper back to his best, the North London club will be eager to finish the season strongly.
“The week before when we played Benfica, he had three big chances and I’m not worried about him missing because I know if he gets in those positions he’s going to be scoring consistently – this is what he has to demand of himself,” Arteta added.
“If we have Auba at his best, as a team we obviously have a much better chance to be successful.”
Aubameyang has scored 13 goals in 26 matches for Arsenal across all competitions this season.