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Arteta Insists Arsenal Can Cope With The Absence Of Star Striker

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has indicated that while the club have caught themselves being too reliant on star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the players are trying to unlearn the habit.

The Gunners boss made this statement after it was confirmed that the Gabonese international striker will not be part of the team to take on Manchester United on Saturday evening.

Aubameyang did not take a part in his side's 1-0 FA Cup loss against Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium last Saturday while he was also missing in action as Arsenal sealed a 3-1 victory over the same opponents just three days after. He took to social media after missing those two games to give a brief explanation that his absence was as a result of him caring for his mother who was suffering from health issues.

NEWCASTLE GOAL IS KEY TO AUBA'S FORM

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has expressed his optimism that the Newcastle United goal would be the start of good things for club skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Gabonese international Aubameyang, fondly called Auba, was on target for the Gunners in their FA Cup third round victory over Newcastle United and his manager is hopeful that it would be the start of a good spell in front of goal for the player.

According to Arteta, it was key for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score against the Magpies. The Arsenal manager talked about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during his post-match presser after the game.

Mikel Arteta led Arsenal to win the FA Cup last season and he has already talked about winning it again this term.

AUBAMEYANG RETURNS TO ARSENAL XI

Arsenal skipper Pierre-EmerickAubameyang returned to the starting XI for the away game at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier Leagueon Tuesday night. Pierre-EmerickAubameyang had not played for the Gunners since the Southampton game earlier this month.

The Gabonese international had picked up a calf problem which ruled him out of the Arsenal XI in each of the last three games in all competitions and the last two matches in the Premier League.

Pierre-EmerickAubameyang ended his goal drought by scoring the only goal of the game for 10-man Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at home to the Saints. He had gone four games without a goal until the Southampton game which saw the Gunners end proceedings with ten men after Brazilian centre back Gabriel Magalhaes was sent off in the second half.

ARTETA FIRES STRONG WARNING TO AUBAMEYANG

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has sent out a sounding warning to all of his players, especially star striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. The boss stated it clear that there is not any player in the squad who cannot be dropped to the bench.

This comes after the agent of Gabonese striker Aubameyang threw a jibe at the Spanish manager insisting that his style of play has not been fruitful enough to provide chances for the former Borussia Dortmund striker to score goals this season.

WILLIAN: ARSENAL STRUGGLES CONTINUE IN VILLA DEFEAT

Arsenal midfielder Willian has been a shadow of himself since his summer move from London rivals Chelsea and his poor form continued during the shocking home defeat to Aston Villa in their Premier League meeting at the weekend.

Willian had spent almost a decade at Chelsea before the failure to agree a new contract paved the way for him to sign for the North London team on a free transfer.

The Brazilian made a lively start to his Arsenal career with two assists on his debut at Fulham in the first game of the new Premier League season. Since the Fulham game, Willian has been missing in action in his other Arsenal games including the aforementioned Villa game at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday night.

Arsenal Star Aubameyang Injured

It is really a very hard time for any of the players to sit at the gallery or at the dressing room after being injured before the most crucial match of the tournament.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the captain of Arsenal has got his ankle sprained and is in a highly doubtful situation to appear in the match against Manchester City. The head Gunner may miss the crucial clash between the two gigantic teams of the English Premier League.

Mustafi will stay out of the FA Cup final due to injury

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafiwas pulled out from the FA Cup squadas he had been confirmed with a hamstring injury. The player, during the latter part of the second half, in the match against Manchester City was pulled out of the field and he sat on the sidelines during the match against Aston Villa. Mikel Arteta earlier in this week has suggested the possibility of the player missing out the FA Cup final against Chelsea on August 1.

Martin Keown says Aubameyang should be stripped from captaincy

Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be stripped from the captaincy amid the uncertainty of his future at the club. The Gabon international has been reluctant to sign a new Gunners deal beyond next summer and there has been the speculation that he could be sold when the current season concludes.

Coutinho likely to leave Barcelona, says Rivaldo

The former Blaugrana footballer Rivaldo says that Philippe Coutinho staying at Barca due to injury but there is a chance of him leaving too. There has been a lot of doubts regarding the future of the Brazilian footballer after his departure from Liverpool in 2018. He has been through a long phase of injuries. Chelsea has shown interest but his injuries will be an obstacle.

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