Football News – Arteta Has Praised His Arsenal Captain for His Form

Football News – Arteta Has Praised His Arsenal Captain for His Form

Mikel Arteta has lauded Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his contributions to the Gunners squad that goes beyond scoring goals. So, among other of today’s football news, Arteta has praised his Arsenal captain for his form.

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager, believes captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has improved his game and “prefers” the current version of the striker.

After all, Aubameyang is the club’s leading scorer in the Premier League with four goals from eight games. This has been a disappointing season by his standards in 2020-21.

Still, his manager, at least, has been as thrilled with the 32-year-old’s improved all-round game.

Arteta believes Aubameyang’s exuding a new level of intensity and, as a result, is developing into a more complete player.

Football News – Arteta Has Praised His Arsenal Captain for His Form

“I have never seen Auba transmit what he is doing now,” Arteta told Arsenal’s official website ahead of Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie with fellow Premier League side Leeds United, against whom Aubameyang netted a hat-trick last season.

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

“It is clicking. It is a combination of realising that his role has to go well beyond [scoring]. 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.”

Both Aubameyang and teammate striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to Arteta, have a responsibility to inspire a young squad on and off the field.

“I would say the same with Laca, look what he is transmitting, not just doing or playing, what he is transmitting,” Arteta continued.

“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.

“The group’s age is a little bit closer [together] so they are experiencing most of the same things and they talk a lot about it. Then we have the senior players that they have to lead and they have to take that role, and they are doing that in a different way.

“There are players now that on that pitch that they are able to transmit something and change certain behaviours and attitudes in other players. That is contagious, and for me that is leadership.”


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