Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has solved his discipline problem at Arsenal after being abandoned by Mikel Arteta, the forward said.
Aubameyang was recently left on the bench for Arsenal in the North London derby against Tottenham. It didn’t matter much to the team; they continued to win 2-1 without him.
However, due to his status as club captain and better income, it is important for Arsenal to make him available as much as possible.
This was not the case on weekends, as manager Arteta cited a disciplinary issue for his withdrawal from the starting lineup.
It seems that everything has been worked out, however, with Aubameyang writing into Arsenal’s schedule for their Europa League game against Olympiacos that he has since corrected the situation with Arteta.
Indeed, Arteta proceeded to nominate Aubameyang in his starting lineup for the match.
“About my own situation, I spoke with the boss and everything is done now – we move on,” Aubameyang said.
“I’m focused on the next game and it’s a big game for us. We fought so hard last Thursday for this position, so now is the time to finish the job.
“There is still work to be done. We know everything that happened against them last season. We were in a good position after the first leg that time around, but we didn’t kill them and we were severely punished for it.
“It affected us badly – it was difficult to face. We thought we were done, then he was taken away. For me too it was so painful to lose this game.
“We cannot let this happen again. We have to use our advantage, beware of the opposition, but let’s play our game, go for the win and we will be broke.
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Aubameyang greets Odegaard, Tierney
One player who dazzled both alongside Aubameyang and in his absence last week is Martin Odegaard.
The attacking midfielder scored his first two goals for the club in the first leg against Olympiacos and then in the North London derby.
Aubameyang believes those goals are the product of Odegaard’s effort – while praising full-back Kieran Tierney on his own offensive performance.
“He scored a brilliant goal in Greece last week, and how he got what everyone wants – a goal against our local neighbors!” Aubameyang said of Odegaard.
“He deserved it. He worked so hard. We all know he has goals in his game so now that he has a few I’m sure he will continue to get more for us.
“He’s so smart. He knows when to get in the box and we know we have wide players who can deliver quality – like Kieran did for the first goal.
“He was so dangerous for us again on Sunday. It’s like having another attacker!
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