Aubameyang’s importance not lost on Arteta

Arsenal 4-0 Norwich City

MIKEL ARTETA heaped praise on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Arsenal frontman achieved the fastest 50 goals in the Premier League era.

Aubameyang bagged a brace while Granit Xhaka and debutant, Cedric, added gloss to the Gunners fourth-successive success as struggling Norwich City were drubbed at the Emirates Stadium. 

Aubameyang has now netted 51 league goals in 79 appearances for the North Londoners leaving the boss keen for more from his potent frontman.

“Hopefully at least another 100 but I don’t know, I’m not a magician,” the Gunners chief enthused. 

What he’s achieved today, to be the (fastest) to score 50 in the history of this football club, tells you everything about his mentality and the way he works every day on his finishing, on trying to help the team. 

“He’s decided to be better and better every day. So hopefully we can keep him here for a longer period.

Arsenal are keen to tie one of their biggest assets to a new deal at the Emirates, with Arteta quick to explain his worth.

“A player that is able to score as many goals as he’s done in that short space of time tells you everything about the importance that he has for us. 

“We need players that can make the difference at any moment in the game every three days, in different competitions, and that’s a big test for him. 

“He’s done that at different clubs, he’s willing to stay with him, he’s really happy where he is and can see what we’re trying to do. 

“Hopefully he can evolve as well in some parts of his game that in my opinion, he can improve. We are pushing him every day towards that.”

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday, July 4 when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux (5:30pm) 

Arsenal: Martínez, Mustafi (Holding 46’), David Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerín (Cédric Soares 77’), Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Nelson (Willock 58’), Lacazette (Nketiah 76’), Aubameyang (Pépé 82’) Subs not used: Papastathopoulos, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Saka

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Tettey, Lewis, TrybullIdah (Idah 46’), Buendía (Hernández 46’), Rupp (Vrancic 75’),  McLeanCantwell (Stiepermann 75’), Pukki (Drmic 45’) Subs not used: Duda, McGovern, Idah, Thomas, Martin

Referee: Peter Bankes

Assistants: Daniel Cook and Richard West

Fourth official: Darren England

(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club – www.arsenal.com)

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Brian Jeeves

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