There has been a ‘click’ with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Mikel Arteta after the Arsenal captain’s fourth goal of the season against Aston Villa
- Arsenal beat Aston Villa 3-1 in the Premier League on Friday night
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead just before the break
- The forward has returned to some form and has scored four goals this season.
Mikel Arteta believes there has been a “click” with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he praised the way the Arsenal captain has recently assumed his role within the team.
Aubameyang scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season when Arsenal beat Aston Villa 3-1 on Friday night.
He also scored a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup second-round victory at West Brom, but is unlikely to appear in the fourth-round clash with Leeds on Tuesday night.
The 32-year-old is always a goal threat, but Arteta has been pleased with what he has seen in Aubameyang’s complete game in recent weeks.
“I would not go for goals, again it is what Auba is transmitting on the field,” he replied when asked if Aubameyang is rediscovering his best form.
“I have never seen Auba transmit what he is doing now. It’s a click.
“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 push the ball and when his movement takes it, his link, how he conducts the game?
“That’s when the rest is changing, not when it is static and then puts the ball in the net. I prefer this Auba.”
Arteta has one of the youngest squads in the Premier League, with Aubameyang among the most experienced players he can turn to.
The Gunners boss feels that Aubameyang, as well as Alexandre Lacazette, has become a leader of the team.
“For me it is a click,” he added. “It is a combination of realizing that his role has to go much further.
“What was good, or very good, two or three years ago, with his role in this team, in this club, is not enough. It was necessary to take a step forward.
“I would say the same with Laca. See what he’s broadcasting, not just doing or playing, what he’s broadcasting. That is very, very important to me.
“They lead by example and not just there, but also on the training ground. Certain things, a role that they could have had three years ago on the squad, has now changed.
“Human beings change themselves every six months, they have a whole new self and it’s amazing, so we can adapt very quickly and manipulate and change our minds very quickly as well.
“They are doing it for the benefit of the club, but surely, for the benefit of themselves.
“Leading is not telling someone what to do, for me it is being able to transform that person and not only with words, but also with deeds.”