Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was absolutely delighted with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last night after the Gabon star bagged a very impressive hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion.
Auba has had a torrid 12 months at Arsenal. His mum’s health issues followed by an illness of his own really hurt his form. He looked nothing like his previous self last season, and that brought out a ton of criticism from some fans, pundits and the media.
The Arsenal skipper has been desperate to silence all his doubters and he took his opportunity last night. He scored three and picked up an assist, and although his first two goals were just regular tap-ins, his third rolled back the years.
Arteta: Fans back in the stadium will help hat-trick hero Aubameyang
Arteta was asked about Aubameyang’s performance and the Arsenal boss was absolutely delighted. He believes that fans returning to the stadiums could really help our skipper return to his best this season.
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “I hope they do (fans help Auba).
“Obviously, he’s a really happy character and he needs that connection with people, with family, with friends, with fans. You could see the interaction when he left the pitch. I think that’s something really positive for him, yes.
“Today’s match is going to give us some confidence. We had some players playing their first minutes – for example, Auba – so to get some minutes and score three goals is going to be great for his confidence.”
The Insider’s View:
Some of Aubameyang’s best moments in an Arsenal shirt have come in front of fans. After what seemed like an eternity, it was amazing to hear the supporters chant his name again last night, and that would’ve surely boosted his confidence.
Yes, Auba still isn’t quite there yet. He could’ve scored two more goals yesterday if his finishing was at the level it once was at. But, he’s making the right runs and getting into the right positions, which is a great sign.
Arsenal now have to build on that result. The game against Manchester City this weekend will be 100 times harder, but if Auba steps up like he did last night, we should fancy ourselves to steal a win at the Etihad.