Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted that he will have a big problem on his hands if skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang misses the upcoming games.
The former Dortmund man was sent back home from the St. Mary’s to deal with a personal problem. Arsenal haven’t disclosed the reason and rightly so, but there is growing fear around the club that he will need a few games off.
Aubameyang hasn’t had the best of seasons but he is still a hugely important player for us. He was beginning to get back to form but the issues he has to deal with now makes it more difficult for him to be the player we all know he can be.
Arteta was quizzed about Auba missing the Southampton clash and potentially a few more games. The Arsenal boss admitted that it would be a problem if that was to happen.
He told Arsenal.com: “Of course it’ll be a problem because he is a top striker, one who scores [a lot of] goals and he is our captain, a really important player in the team.”
“But we have to respect the timings. Let’s see. I don’t have enough information to see how things are evolving and hopefully, things will go in the right direction.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Yes, Aubameyang not being available for our upcoming games will be a massive problem. But, Arsenal should in no way push him to return before he is actually ready.
Gabriel Martinelli is fit and he will likely take Auba’s place against the Saints. The Brazilian is more than capable of holding his own in that position, and as he has shown before, he can go on and win games for us on his own.
The likes of Willian and Nicolas Pepe should now step up. The former, especially, could slot straight in on the left flank, and if he fails to deliver even now, Edu and co should look to move him on in the summer.