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Mikel Arteta names Arsenal player he was really happy with after Tottenham win

Mikel Arteta has lauded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for how hard he has worked to respond to the criticism that has come the way of the Arsenal captain – in comments reported by Football London.

What’s the story?

Arteta has secured one of the biggest wins of his tenure so far. The Gunners beat Tottenham 3-1 at the Emirates on Sunday.

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Arsenal absolutely blew Spurs apart in the first-half, playing some scintillating football and scoring three times.

One of those to get on the scoresheet was Aubameyang, with the captain finding the bottom corner with a superb first-time finish.

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The 32-year-old got only his second goal of the Premier League season. But he provided a reminder of how devastating he can be when he is at his best.

And Arteta insisted that he could have hardly asked for more from the striker following his latest display.

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“I’m really happy with the performance today, the performance against Burnley and what he is doing,” he said, as reported by Football London.

“When he is getting criticised and we ask him to do more he stood by it. He puts his head down and is working tremendously hard for the team. Now I can tell you he’s really leading the team.”

Aubameyang has plenty to prove for Arsenal this season

There were factors behind Aubameyang’s underwhelming season last year. But he should have still done a lot better given the excitement surrounding his new deal at the Emirates.

He is definitely off to a very good start at the beginning of this campaign. He also bagged a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup win at West Brom.

But he now needs to keep this going and ensure that his display on Sunday is a not a highlight in another poor season.

There are going to be games when Arsenal find it harder to get up for the battle.

That is the time when Aubameyang needs to be the difference-maker.

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