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“I prefer this Auba”- Mikel Arteta details how Arsenal’s captain has evolved his game this season

“I prefer this Auba”- Mikel Arteta details how Arsenal’s captain has evolved his game this season

Aubameyang back amongst the goals

After a lean year by his lofty standards, in which Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang scored just 10 Premier League goals, this season needed to be different.

Judging by the early part of the campaign, it will be. The Gabonese forward has netted four and provided one assist in eight Premier League games. as well as netting a hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion in the Carabao Cup, and has made the central striker position his own.

Free from the shackles of playing on the left flank, he appears a man reborn, something that Mikel Arteta was quick to pick up on.

Arteta quick to praise his club captain

Speaking to Arsenal.com about his star man, Arteta was full of praise, claiming that this was the best version of Aubameyang he had ever seen. The Arsenal boss said:

“I have never seen Auba transmit what he is doing now”

“Apart from the goals, the celebration when they put the ball in the net, do you see the way he runs?

“I prefer this Auba”- Mikel Arteta details how Arsenal’s captain has evolved his game this season

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The purpose he has to press the ball, and when he takes it his movement, his link, how is leading the game – that is when he is changing the rest, not when he is static and then he puts the ball in the net. I prefer this Auba.

“What was good, or very good, two or three years ago, with his role in this team, at this club, it is not enough. He had to take a step forward. I would say the same with Laca, look what he is transmitting, not  just doing or playing, what he is transmitting. For me that is really, really important.

“They lead by example and not only there but as well at the training ground. Certain things, a role they could have had three years ago in the squad, now it has changed.” 

Will the changed Auba be able to spearhead a European charge for Arsenal, as they look to make their way back to where they belong.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 13 26 30
2 Manchester City 13 20 29
3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford FC 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
16 Watford FC 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4