Aubameyang: I thought Wenger would stick around for years

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he expected to work with Arsene Wenger for years to come when he signed in January but accepts that football doesn’t always work out the way you expect.

The Gabon international joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in a club-record deal on 31 January and has since banged in the goals for his outgoing boss, becoming the quickest player to ten goals in Arsenal’s history.

Aubameyang’s strike in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield will go into the record books as the last of Wenger’s tenure and the 28-year-old admits he was pleased to give the Frenchman a fitting send off.

“I thought he would be at Arsenal for years,” Aubameyang told Standard Sport.

“But this is life. This is football. Sometimes you never know. But I was happy to play for him. I learned a lot in not a lot of time to work with him. I am happy to be here.

“Yesterday was important for us because it was the last game for the boss. It was important to win this game for him. It was special.”

Despite the early months of his Gunners career being pockmarked by enforced spells on the sidelines – he was cup tied in the Europa League – Aubameyang says he’s pleased with the way he’s got up to speed in England.

“At the beginning, it was really hard because physically I was not ready. I did not play in January, all month, so it was not easy.

“But after big work with the staff, I found my form again. I scored some goals and thanks to my team-mates, of course, because we work for that.

“These last few weeks we played well and we have a lot of young players. It is good for the future and I am sure next season will be a good season.”

Unlike many of his teammates, Aubameyang will not be heading to the World Cup. He’ll get the chance to put his feet up for a few weeks before embarking on pre-season under a new manager.

 

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Harding
Harding

Excellent start to life at Arsenal, can’t wait to see what he’s gonna do next season.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

We bought the Van Persie this time instead of selling him

G-Man
G-Man

I’m excited. We will have him in the Europa next season and we already scored the most goals there without him this season. He will have a summer to rest which means we can use him while Lacazette puts his feet up in August. It all works out really. My excitement will go through the roof is we actually sign a CB, DM, RB cover and a Left winger.

G-Man
G-Man

lol jeez guys what did you disagree with? I guess a well rested, prolific striker and defensive investment for next season isn’t good enough for some…

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Don’t you think AMN has shown well when he’s covered at RB?

Martin
Martin

Yes he’s done well but is more comfortable in central midfield which is his true position

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

He looks like he could be really outstanding in midfield

Jon
Jon

Here’s to 30 goals for Auba and 20 for Laca next season

ramgooner
ramgooner

And hopefully we’ll get one more 25 goal winger/striker.
We could accommodate all 3 in a 4-4-2.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I think the new coach will sell Welbeck to buy a
winger who is a goalscorer.

afan
afan

well, we hope he sells him

ramgooner
ramgooner

There is no need to sell Welbeck. In the last few games we saw Iwobi start in that LW position. Iwobi can go to reserves.

All we need to do is buy a ready made goal scoring Winger/Striker or move Auba to LW and play the new guy upfront with Laca.

Mkhi and Ozil can fight for RW spot.
Wilshere, Ramsey, Xhaka, El neny, Cazorla(or/and new CM) can fight for CM spots. We can get Meyer for free as a long-term Santi replacement.

Iwobi, Niles can be helpful in rotation. They have to wait for their chance.
If we get that top top Striker/Winger then our forward line is sorted for the 3 seasons.

A free CM like Meyer wouldn’t cost much.

Then all we need to do is focus on CB and GK.

bjoggi
bjoggi

“A free CM like Meyer wouldn´t cost much” yeabb I can agree with that.

ramgooner
ramgooner

Jesus. There is something called wages and signing on fee.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

You’ve just said there was no need to sell Welbeck but he has no place in your own perception of how the new manager should go about things.

ramgooner
ramgooner

Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Macey, BFG(retiring), Monreal, Niles, Willock, Nketiah, Welbeck

This was Arsenal’s matchday squad against Huddersfield.

So Welbeck stays where he is on paper.

Drop Iwobi, Holding, Niles, Willock, Nketiah and Macey(All U-22 players) out of this matchday squad. Total count 6

In their their place we’ll have Ozil, Wilshere, Cazorla New CB, New GK, New Striker/Winger,

Total count 6

That’s how our matchday squad should look like.

Radioheadtim
Radioheadtim

Here’s to 50 goals between them – no too worried about the ratio!

afan
afan

be lucky if we got fifty from the whole team

Numberweng
Numberweng

I like the way you think. And you in know what? Why not! Looking forward to the next season, will be exciting regardless of what happens

gunnerdaremkd
gunnerdaremkd

Or 25 for auba and 25 for lacca

afan
afan

will it, be careful of what you wish for

afan
afan

he has stuck around for years

Futsboller
Futsboller

Before Wenger announced the end, I was of the firm belief that Aubameyang would break the single-season PL record for goals next year as he is so suited to the last move in Wengerball. Hopefully our new manager continues the attacking approach and the team can realize the promise Wenger sees in them; it’s been a while since we had the league’s top scorer, but Auba looks good for it!

santori
santori

I think that is astute.

It all depends on who we bring in as manager.

There’s plenty of latent potential in this team particularly in the offensive end but it needs to be more efficient.

We lack wide player(s) that can transition us quicker when we turn over the ball.

When Granit (indeed Mustafi and Holding last game) releases the ball from deeper, we need someone who can hold the ball and take on players on his own without need to wait for reinforcements (nominally fullbacks) to join.

Someone like Thauvin or Mahrez could be the key to unlock our up front potential better although both will now cost more to us since we are out of CL contention. Deulofeuo is a dark horse still only 24yrs, maybe Fekir but he will have a lot of attention as well.

Instead the likes of Welbeck and Lacazette do not hold the ball as well with back to goal. Which is why there is a reason why Giroud is deem so much more effective for the team and for France.

The moment we have a player who can take on opponents and beat one or two of them on his own (what Henry, RVP use to do and what Aubameyang cannot do), we will pull defenses apart better but also be quicker and more direct with our counters which now tend to bog down as we leave too much time for the other side to regroup.

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Yet I still think Wenger would stick around for years.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Auba will work under Conte next year. Chelsea will let Conte go and Gazidis will be more than happy to hire him. A viable solution for me.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Conte won the league last year and is going to win the FA cup next weekend. That’s my prediction. Last year, lot of Arsenal fans were seeing him as the ultimate master of tactics etc…

santori
santori

A lot fo Arsenal fans were seeing Martinez as a tactical genius not too long ago.

Never mind him, some were even mooting Eddie Howe or worse Brenda Rogers.

Bendtner’s ego
Bendtner’s ego

FFS!

A lot of Arsenal fans were seeing Chris Samba as the centerback we needed.

Don’t listen to those idiots.

TR7
TR7

This guy is amazing. Only wish we had signed him a few years ago. Really looking forward to watching him bang in more goals for the Arsenal.

Hantal
Hantal

He’d have stagnated like the rest of them

   kaius
   kaius

Probably because that’s exactly what Arsene told him when he signed.

Mpls
Mpls

It worked. I’m happy.

Pedant
Pedant

Interesting he regards Wenger highly, even in this terrible 6th place slump we’ve had.

Great lad, good to have a positive person on the team who will boost the others, even his rival Laca, plus score goals.

santori
santori

He seems to relish the atmosphere at the Arsenal and genuinely enjoys himself.

Plays relax with a lot more freedom and much of it could be due to chemistry/new challenge which Wenger would have hoped when signing him on.

It may wane of course if we continue to under perform.

Mootilated
Mootilated

I really like this football player.

gazidis' shoe
gazidis' shoe

Let’s just be happy that he finally left Auba!

petey
petey

I love watching him celebrate his goals too, because he’s always the first to acknowledge whoever assists him. The enthusiasm he and Laca show to each other when they score is also incredibly heartening and hopefully a sign of good chemistry, not just competition.

daniel
daniel

even when hes not involved in the goal he looks just as happy as when he scores, he seems like a proper team player

Hantal
Hantal

I’d anticipate a record breaking number of goals across the league next season, there are some excellent goalscorers and more teams are playing expressive football, it should be a good one and really unpredictable

henry
henry

“… under new manager.” Pinch pinch, that felt wierd, yet hopeful, I guess.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Shame this signing wasn’t made instead of Lacazette. If that were the case we probably would have won the Europa League as well as finishing at least 3 places higher in the league.

Hopefully next year Lacazette can prove me wrong but I can’t see him being top quality never mind top, top quality.

JosGoon
JosGoon

Gave you a thumbs up not because I agree with you but because of the last line.

santori
santori

Welbeck and Lacazette need to learn from Auba.

PEA picks his runs so he can be found. Lacazette tends to get hidden expecting the ball to be played to him instead of moving toward the ball.

This is why it was a bit of a laugh when certain people proclaimed him “world class” and “pacy” then moan that we weren’t finding him.

If you watch the recent Henry interview, he mentions how Wenger gave him advise to make himself runs that his fellow players could find him bc frankly not everyone will be Fabregas or Ozil. Most play with head down and then occasionally look up.

In Welbeck’s case, his strength is when he applies power running with the ball (in some space) at defenders. When it comes to connecting with the ball, he tends to lack anticipation (which he can still learn) and gamble into the 6 yard box earlier should he see a teammate heading to the byline and likely to put in a cross.

Work in progress.

lari03
lari03

Everyone plays differently. Lacazette is not a poacher and runner, he is a shooter, yes he could run through, but he requires you to find him, watch the goal against Huddersfield and see that he was the one to pass to Ramsey, validating what Steve Bould said about him, being more like a #10.

Welbinhio
Welbinhio

That’s at least the 3rd article in two days you’ve made a point about Laca’s lack of pace and not being ‘world class’, Give it a rest. We get it.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Its underappreciated just how many players come here with there biggest reasoning being to work with Wenger.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I still can’t believe we got him. Great signing. I just hope the team around him continues to give him the support he needs, and also get their act together defensively.
If whoever comes in can sort out the defensive side there is plenty of ammunition in the forward positions to have a real go at the league.

Totally sounds like PEA got “RVP’d”.