It has been a slow start for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the ongoing campaign. The Arsenal captain scored big last season with 29 goals but appears to be struggling after signing a deal for an extended stay at the Emirates. Still, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is confident that the "goals will come."
Aubameyang' showing so far in Premier League games seemed far from impressive. His new contract with Arsenal made him the most expensive active player in the roster with a weekly pay of £250,000 but the Gabon striker is not getting it right lately.
Arteta, however, is far from being a worried boss. His squad has suffered defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City and Aubameyang failed to deliver as expected during those matches. But the Spanish coach is expecting his top marksman to heat up soon and get the ball right on target.
Arteta explained that the Gunners are working hard to set up their top scorer to see and clear the net. And he is certain that Aubameyang will start registering the goals again and in the same numbers that were posted in the past seasons.
"With all the strikers, if you ask them when they don't score for three or four games if there are concerns ... In my opinion, he is performing right now," the Evening Standard reported Arteta as saying.
In fact, the boss is not concerned at all that his best scorer is not as prolific as he was. Arteta insisted Aubameyang is up to the task and he will do what he does best - scoring goals and winning games for Arsenal.
The Arsenal boss's high regard for the Gabonese was reflected by the deal closed by parties last summer. Goal said Aubameyang became the Gunners top man in the last two seasons and for his achievements in England, which included winning the FA Cup this year, the Gabon international was awarded three years more of stay at the Emirates.
Aubameyang has only managed a goal in five games so far but Arteta said Arsenal will see a much-improved campaign in the season and with the team captain playing a leading role.
He added that the Gunners are playing to win in England and Europe. Arteta is expecting that his squad will return to the Champions League next year and to do that, Arsenal will go deep in the Europa League and win the crown.
His campaign is deemed to get a boost with the recent acquisition of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid. Arteta said his new midfielder is ready to start for Arsenal soon.