Mikel Arteta believes that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is displaying a different side of his game after scoring seven goals already this season. The striker has helped Arsenal recover from a horrendous start to the season where they were at the bottom of the table after the first three games. The pressure was at its highest after a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of defending champions Manchester City. More than his goal-scoring form, Arteta said he has been impressed with Aubameyang’s captaincy this season.
“I wouldn’t go to the goals, again it is what Aubameyang is transmitting on the pitch. I have never seen Aubameyang transmit what he is doing now,” Mikel Arteta said talking about Pierre-Emerick Abameyang. “Apart from the goals, the celebration when they put the ball in the net, do you see the way he runs, the purpose he has to press the ball, and, when he takes it his movement, his link, how he is leading the game, not when he is static, and then he puts the ball in the net? I prefer this Aubameyang.”
“For me, it is a click. It is a click. It is a combination, that realizing that his [Aubameyang’s] role has to go well beyond that,” he added. “What was good, or very good, two or three years ago, with his role in this team, at this club it is not enough. He had to take a step forward. I would say the same with Lacazette, look what he is transmitting, not just doing or playing, what he is transmitting. For me, that is really, really important.”
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