The true Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was back as Mikel Arteta watched the Arsenal striker get furious at himself for missing a penalty in training.
After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saved their European effort, Mikel Arteta needs Arsenal’s players to follow their captain’s lead.
With his second goal, a late header, on Thursday, securing a 3-2 victory and a 4-3 aggregate triumph, a brace from Aubameyang saved Arsenal’s Europa League campaign against Benfica.
Arteta wants Aubameyang and Arsenal to kick on in the Premier League and maintain their challenge in Europe, safe in the awareness that their captain is back to his best focus.
“What you have to do is get upset, get angry, work harder and approach the situation and face it – face the challenge in a way that creates more motivation and more hunger to do it, and I think in recent weeks I’ve seen that reaction.”
“For example, in a training session before we played here he missed a penalty and he was really upset.”
“Instead of going sad he got upset, and I said to the coaching staff that I like that and that he would be fine [against Benfica]. When you have that mentality, I think that’s the right way to approach it.”
“He is getting into much better positions, his rhythm during the games is much better with and without the ball, his movement.”
“The week before when we played Benfica, he had three big chances and I am not worried about him missing them because I know if he gets in those positions, he is going to be scoring consistently so this is what he has to demand of himself.”
“If we have Auba at his best, as a team we obviously have a much better chance to be successful.”