The Gabon striker is raring to place his disciplinary breach behind him and assist the Gunners end the season strongly
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed he has held optimistic talks with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta after being dropped in opposition to Tottenham final weekend.
Aubameyang needed to watch on from the bench as Arsenal earned a 2-1 victory over Spurs within the north London derby on Sunday, with Arteta revealing earlier than the sport that he took the ahead out of his beginning XI as a consequence of a disciplinary breach.
The Spanish head coach insisted that the difficulty had been “resolved” forward of the Gunners’ Europa League spherical of 16 assembly with Olympiacos, the place they may defend a 3-1 mixture lead, and Aubameyang is raring to place the entire episode behind him.
What’s been mentioned?
The 31-year-old, who returned to Arsenal’s beginning XI for the second leg tie on Thursday, addressed the incident in his programme notes earlier than discussing the significance of creating progress in Europe’s second-tier competitors.
“Alone state of affairs, I’ve spoken with the boss and it’s all achieved now – we transfer on,” mentioned Aubameyang. “I’m targeted on the following sport and it’s a giant one for us. We fought so onerous final Thursday to get on this place, so now it’s time to complete the job.
“There may be nonetheless work to do. We all know all about what occurred in opposition to them [Olympiacos] final season. We had been in a powerful place then after the primary leg that point, however we didn’t kill them off and we obtained punished badly for it.
“We are able to’t let that occur once more – we have now to make use of our benefit, be cautious of the opposition – however let’s play our sport, go for the win and we’ll be by means of.”
Aubameyang’s ideas on the north London derby
Aubameyang went on to single out the 2 gamers he felt made the distinction for Arsenal through the win over Spurs, which noticed Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lazazette get on the scoresheet.
The Gabon worldwide was happy to see Odegaard ship on his promise within the remaining third and hailed Keiran Tierney for including an additional attacking dimension to Arteta’s facet in his absence.
“Odegaard deserved it, he labored so onerous, everyone knows he’s obtained objectives in his sport so now he has obtained a pair, I’m certain he’ll maintain getting extra for us,” Aubameyang added.
“He’s so intelligent, he is aware of when to reach within the field and we all know we have now gamers from extensive who can ship high quality – like Kieran did for the primary objective.
“He was so harmful once more for us on Sunday – it’s like having one other ahead!”
How has Aubameyang carried out for Arsenal in 2020-21?
Aubameyang has struggled to match the prolific type of his first two-and-a-half seasons at Emirates Stadium in 2020-21, having been shifted out extensive on the left on a variety of events as Arteta has experimented with completely different formations.
Nonetheless, the skilled frontman has nonetheless managed to hit 14 objectives in 29 video games throughout all competitions, together with his final effort coming in a 1-1 draw with Burnley on March 6.