Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta does not suppose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will change into one other Mesut Ozil and says the striker is “completely” dedicated to the membership.
Aubameyang signed a hefty new three-year contract final summer season however has failed to ship this season and located himself out and in of Arteta’s group in latest weeks, whereas additionally being dropped for the north London derby after arriving to the stadium late.
His scenario on the Emirates is similar to that of Ozil, who vastly under-performed whereas being on enormous wages earlier than finally being exiled by Arteta.
But the boss is not taken with comparisons.
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He mentioned: “I’m all the time optimistic in regards to the future however as soon as you consider issues that occur up to now or examine totally different conditions and personalities I gained’t try this.”
Asked whether or not Aubameyang was dedicated to the Gunners’ trigger, the Spaniard added: “Totally.”
Aubameyang got here on as a 78th-minute substitute in opposition to Slavia Prague within the Europa League and assisted Nicolas Pepe’s opener earlier than his aspect let in a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw on the Emirates.
Arteta was happy with the Gabonese worldwide’s influence off the bench.
“Yes as a result of we talked earlier than – within the Europa League everybody has contributed in several methods, the entire squad has been concerned and yesterday’s position for him (was) he was sat on the bench and to make an influence and he made an influence,” he mentioned,
“He assisted Nico and will have scored a tap-in along with his left foot and that’s what the gamers have to do once they are available in.”
The Gunners return to Premier League motion on Sunday as they go to relegation-bound Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
One win within the final 4 league video games has made European qualification troublesome by means of the league as they sit seven factors behind sixth-placed Spurs and 9 behind fifth-placed Chelsea.
But Arteta is not giving up, though he accepts his aspect have to go on a profitable run.
“To win the subsequent sport in opposition to Sheffield, that’s the one focus that we now have,” he mentioned. “It’s 9 factors (to Chelsea), there’s nonetheless eight video games, there’s a number of factors to play for, mathematically the whole lot is feasible however we now have to put a run collectively.”
Arteta will assess his squad on Friday to see how they’re shaping up after their Thursday night time exploits.
Martin Odegaard is anticipated to miss out with the ankle harm that saved him out of the Prague sport, with Calum Chambers additionally a doubt.
David Luiz and Kieran Tierney are undoubtedly sidelined with knee issues.