Mikel Arteta says he’s hopeful that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Southampton will ease the pressure on the Arsenal captain, and lead to a more prolific period in front of goal.
The captain hadn’t scored in open play in the Premier League since the opening day against Fulham, but his smart finish early in the second half was enough to earn the ten man Gunners a point.
To be fair, he hasn’t had much service, but Eddie Nketiah’s smart flick after great work from Bukayo Saka created the kind of chance he usually thrives on, and afterwards the Arsenal boss was looking for the positives despite only taking one point.
“Hopefully it’s going to change everything dramatically and he’s going to score every game because this is what we need at the moment,” said Arteta.
“We need the points and in order to do that, we need to score many more goals and be more efficient when we have the chances.
“I think it’s going to make him really good. I’m sure that it’s going to take a lot of pressure off him and it’s going to release him as well.”
Clearly there’s a lot more to what’s wrong with us that Auba not scoring, but if this helps in a small way, then we can’t complain.
Next up Everton away, Gabriel will be suspended, but fingers crossed the skipper can do the business again.