Aubameyang Bags Brace As Arsenal Crush Newcastle

Arsenal have now gone unbeaten in five games. Photo: [email protected]

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to scoring form with a double as Arsenal’s rise up the Premier League table continued with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday.

The Gunners were facing an unlikely battle for survival less than a month ago, but 13 points from a possible 15 have lifted Mikel Arteta’s men into 10th and within seven points of the top four.

Despite Aubameyang doubling his tally of league goals from open play this season, it was again Arsenal’s dynamic young duo of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka who caught the eye as the later slotted home the hosts’ second goal in between the captain’s brace.

“When we are winning they put a smile on my face,” said Arteta of Smith Rowe and Saka’s impact.

“I know what they are capable of doing. They are developing really well, that’s merit to them, to their teammates and everyone who is involved to help them develop and protect them. The performances they are putting in are extraordinary.”

Newcastle do remain firmly in a relegation fight after a ninth consecutive game without a win despite Steve Bruce making eight changes.

Bruce said “the gloves were off” after a scathing analysis of his side’s display in becoming the only team to lose to Sheffield United in the Premier League this season last week.

However, there was no change from the Magpies, who showed little ambition in failing to force Bernd Leno into a single save of note.

Newcastle still enjoy a seven-point cushion above the relegation zone, but those behind them are in better form with still over half the season to play.

“We’re having a difficult moment, that little bit of confidence has ebbed away,” said Bruce, who pointed to Arsenal’s first two goals as example of why he has not played in a more expansive style this season.

“That’s why we’ve been deep in the past to avoid situations like that. Unfortunately we’re throwing bodies forward trying to score a goal and one pass and we’re caught.”

Aubameyang’s struggles in front of goal have played a major part in Arsenal’s difficult start to Arteta’s first full season in charge.

Another night to forget seemed in store for the Gabon international when he hit the post with the goal gaping after Karl Darlow had diverted Saka’s low effort into his path at the back post midway through the first-half.

But Aubameyang made no mistake with a more difficult chance early in the second-half after Newcastle were caught short from their own corner.

Thomas Partey got his first assist since arriving from Atletico Madrid in October as he set Aubameyang free in behind and, despite being forced onto his weaker left foot, he fired high beyond Darlow to open the floodgates.

The emergence of Smith Rowe has helped turned Arsenal’s fortunes around in recent weeks since Arteta began to put his faith in the 20-year-old ahead of expensive recruits Willian and Nicolas Pepe.

Smith Rowe’s inviting cut-back was swept home from just inside the area by Saka for his third goal in five league games.

Aubameyang then had an even easier task to slot home just his fifth league goal of the season into an empty net after Cedric Soares just managed to keep the ball in play with a low cross.

Another headache for Arteta is also set to be solved with Mesut Ozil on the verge of agreeing a move to Fenerbahce.

Ozil has been the highest earner at the club since signing a deal worth a reported £350,000 ($475,000) a week in January 2018, but has not featured under Arteta since March.

“He’s in Turkey now. There is some paperwork still to do and when the deal is finalised we’ll make the announcement.”

 

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Aubameyang Urges Young Arsenal Players To ‘Be Patient’

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Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 26, 2020. NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP

 

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said the young players eager to establish themselves at struggling Arsenal must “be patient” in their wait for first team action.

The Gunners have endured their worst start to a league campaign in almost half a century (the 1974/75 season) and last won a domestic match on November 1.

Heading into Saturday’s tricky home game with fifth-placed Chelsea they are just four points above the relegation zone.

Aubameyang’s lack of goals is one of the reasons they are in such a predicament having scored just four times.

The form of other experienced players like Granit Xhaka and Willian has fallen away leading to calls for young players to be selected by coach Mikel Arteta.

Folarin Balogun, Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and William Saliba, all under 21, are those most frequently mentioned.

“When you are a young player trying to come through at a club like Arsenal then for sure there’s a lot of pressure,” said Aubameyang.

“You have to be patient too because we have great players who are playing in the first team so it’s always hard to find your way through.

“I remember when I was playing at AC Milan (2008-11) it was always really, really difficult to get into the first team, so I know that type of feeling.”

The former Borussia Dortmund attacker said the Europa League group stage — one of the rare bright spots in their season so far as they reached the knockout stages — had offered valuable experience for the youngsters.

“With the Europa League this season, there have been maybe more opportunities for the young guys to get minutes,” he said.

“We saw a few young players in our last European game and we also have them joining in with training quite a lot lately.

“For them it is not easy, but when you get the chance you have to take it and I think they are doing well when they have had the chance so far.

“You can see that the young lads always perform when they come in because the coaches are doing great work with them to get them ready for the games.

“The rest is down to them.”

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I Have Not Gotten A Fresh Offer From Arsenal, Says Aubameyang

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File: Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on April 15, 2019. Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

Arsenal forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has said the club has not offered him a fresh contract and he is waiting for them to do so.

Aubumeyang, 30, has a contract with the Premier League side until June 2021 with several clubs including Barcelona and Inter Milan lurking around to snap the Gabonese away from the Emirates Stadium.

According to the former Borussia Dortmund star, he spoke to the club a few months ago but nothing yet has come out of it.

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“I haven’t had an offer recently, but I did speak to the club quite a few months ago, and they know why nothing has happened yet,” he told French football programme Telefoot.

He said signing a new deal with the Gunners will be “a turning point in my career” but admitted that the club’s management will decide if he is going to have an extension.

The striker admitted that penning a new deal with the North London side will be “a very difficult decision to make.”

Since joining Arsenal from Dortmund in 2018, Aubameyang has netted 61 goals in 97 games.

The Gunners, ninth on the domestic league table, will be away to second-placed Manchester City as the league resumes on Wednesday.