Aubameyang makes Arsenal admission as Eddie Nketiah decision confirmed
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang knows that he has struggled this season.
But the Arsenal captain is determined to get back to his best as the Gunners plot a rise up the Premier League table.
Aubameyang, 31, has been his side’s leading marksman since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, and showed his worth with FA Cup semi-final and final doubles last term, as he fired Mikel Arteta’s sider to silverware.
But 2020-21 has been difficult for the Gabonese hitman, with just three goals in 15 Premier League outings, in what has been a season of struggle for the North London club.
However, after three successive wins, things are looking up for Arteta’s men, ahead of Thursday night’s meeting with Crystal Palace.
And Aubameyang is hoping that not only will be that a fourth win on the bounce for his side, but that the clash with the Eagles can kickstart his season too.
“From the beginning of this season I was struggling a lot but I think this is part of football,” said Aubameyang.
“We gave a lot at the end of the season to win the FA Cup and to qualify for the Europa League because it was really important for the club.
“Sometimes you have ups and downs and you have to manage as best you can.
“I tried my best and until now it was not the best performance from me.
“I'm still positive. I think I can turn this around.”
He admits also that he has found it tough to lead his side at a time when he has been aware that hi own personal standards have dipped on the field.
“It's really hard to manage both but you have to be as positive as you can because the team needs you,” he told Sky Sports. “I always try to give my best, not only on the pitch but also in the dressing room for the guys.
“Sometimes it's hard and maybe you are not in the right mood but you have to find a way to change it and give positive vibes for the guys.
“[But] At the moment we are playing well and we have to follow this way.
“If we win the couple of games that are coming we can turn around the situation. We are not so far from the top six so this is the moment to be back in the competition.”
Aubameyang is set to frequent the left side of Arsenal’s attack once more against Palace, with Alexandre Lacazette having found form as the central striker once again in a new-look 4-2-3-1 formation with Bukayo Saka not he right and Emile Smith Rowe in the No.10 position.
Another youngster, Eddie Nketiah, has been linked with a potential loan switch, with West Ham boss David Moyes keen on taking him to the London Stadium.
Nketiah has made 12 appearances in the Premier League this season, but only three of those have been in the starting XI.
He has also started every Europa League game, scoring three times, but is entering the final 18 months of his deal at the Emirates and questions are being asked of the England Under-21 star’s future.
But Arteta was emphatic on Wednesday when asked about a potential exit, stating simply: “No.”
There is also pressure coming from another young striker, Folarin Balogun, who is looking for more minutes and is into the last six months of his contract; he is now free to agree pre-contract terms with clubs in Europe.
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