Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, says he was happy with what he saw from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last night, despite the Gunners drawing 1-1 with Slavia Prague.
Nicolas Pepe’s goal looked to have given Arsenal a crucial first-leg lead but they were denied late on and must now into the second leg with nothing but a win on their minds.
Arteta made the big call prior to the game to drop his misfiring skipper Aubameyang. And it was a move that nearly paid off, with the striker introduced in the second half, helping to set Pepe’s goal up.
And the Arsenal boss said following the game that he was happy with his skipper’s contribution and attitude from the bench.
“Well I cannot talk with everybody individually ever week, but we try to be transparent and communicate with the players as clearly as possible for them to understood the role that they have in the game. When he came on, he showed the right attitude and the right commitment,” Arteta told his post-match presser.
The Gabon striker has been under pressure in recent weeks following a number of lacklustre performances. A big contract in the summer has not paid dividends for the Gunners, who are yet to see a good return on that investment.
TBR View: Aubameyang did ok but he needs to be the star man, not a bench warmer
The dip in Aubameyang’s performances has been quite remarkable this season. He’s gone from one of the Premier League’s top sharp shooters to a player who seems disinterested.
If Arsenal are going to win games of football, he needs to be firing and in the mood. Last night he did alright when introduced but he should be puttin himself in positions to start games, not be dropped.
The Gunners, then, simply need more from the skipper.