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Mikel Arteta delighted with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang impact in Newcastle win

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It’s been a tough season for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but he looked close to his best on Monday scoring two home goals in a 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

Despite a difficult start to the game, in which he missed a handful of good chances, Aubameyang came out of the blocks after half-time and finished a block to open the scoring, and he remained locked in and scored the third of his. team. late.

Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The striker scored the goals 4 and 5 | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

They were only his fourth and fifth goals of the season so far, and manager Mikel Arteta was delighted to see Aubameyang’s determination to score shine.

“This is what he has been doing throughout his career and mentally you have to be very strong to do it, and to come out of a difficult period where we miss his goals a lot and today he came back and has scored two goals and contributed to the winning team, that’s exactly what we need, ”he said (via the club’s official website). “So I’m really happy for him.

“I had several conversations with him, to try to support him, help him, give him advice. At the end [of the day], internally, you are the one in pain. Opening up is complicated.

“He takes a lot of responsibility, he is very critical of himself and he knows his role in the team and how important it is to our success. But there is only one way, work harder, put your head down, be humble and try to keep helping the team. That’s all. “

Aubameyang may have made the headlines, but it was the performances of young duo Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, who combined for the latter’s goal in the middle of the second half, that got fans drooling. ‘Arsenal.

Their performances kept senior players like Willian and Nicolas Pepe out of the starting lineup, and although Arteta insisted he had seen no sign of displeasure from his senior players, he had some choice words for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was left out of the team altogether.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Arteta issued a warning to Maitland-Niles | Sebastian Frej / MB Media / Getty Images

“He has to compete for his place like everyone else,” said the boss. “There have been a lot of players who have been excluded from the team and they have less minutes.

“Ainsley played a few minutes in the league, he played a lot of minutes in the Europa League. He’s played in the Emirates FA Cup, he’s played the semi-finals and the finals for us, so it’s about him, his performances and what he wants. be in the team. “

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