Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored for the first time in five games after finding the back of the net against West Bromwich Albion.
The Gunners captain, who missed the club’s opening day defeat to Brentford after testing positive for Covid-19, started his first match of the season away at the Baggies on Wednesday evening.
Aubameyang did come on in the second-half of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at the weekend, but the Gabon forward was used from the start at the Hawthorns and it didn’t take too long for him to make his presence felt.
After a low shot from Gunners, West Brom goalkeeper Alex Palmer parried the ball to Aubameyang, who had the simplest of tasks and converted from close range.
The goal has come as a much-needed one for Arsenal, not just because of their recent form, but to see their captain on the score sheet once again.
In typical style, the former Borussia Dortmund striker found the net again before the half-time whistle. It was another tap-in for the Arsenal star, but one that he would have enjoyed very much.
Gunners fans have a theory that this could be the “first of many” for Auba this season, when taking to Twitter following the early goal in the Midlands.
Speaking last week about Aubameyang, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was adamant that last season’s low scoring campaign was a one-off.
When asked if it was a fluke, Arteta told Sky Sports : “Absolutely I do [think that] because he has done it his whole career.
“Last year was a really special context for a player to go through. There were a lot of things he had to go through both professionally and in his private life.
“We are trying to give all the help and support we can to make him happy – which I think is a really important word for him – in order to perform, to flow, and to play with confidence and do what he has always done.”
Source by Football London