Mikel Arteta has dismissed suggestions that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is going the way of Mesut Ozil after the Gabon striker failed to score in the Premier League since signing his new deal.
Aubameyang has been Arsenal’s top scorer since he moved to the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.
The Gabon striker has scored 22 league goals in his last two full seasons at the club and his goals helped the team to win both the FA Cup and Community Shield.
These goals prompted the club to hand him a new deal, but the goals have dried up so far.
While these are early days, the striker seems to have hit a rough patch at a very wrong time.
There have been suggestions that he might have gone the Ozil way so soon, but Arteta doesn’t seem interested in that theory.
The Spaniard insists that the team simply needs to create better chances for him to bury.
Arteta said as quoted by Star Sports: “With all the strikers if you ask when they don’t score for two or three games if there are concerns in my opinion the performance was not [a cause].
“He could have scored again on Saturday in a one-vs-one situation that normally he does.
“It’s trying to get in better positions as frequently as we can to try to give him the best possible chance.”
This evening Aubameyang scored the winner against Rapid Wien in the Europa League and that has confirmed what Arteta said, give the man a chance and he will score.