Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Reset
His first goal from open play in the Premier League since the 3-0 win over Fulham on matchday one, Wednesday’s neat finish can now reset the goal tally from this point.
A six-game drought is over. While we can’t disregard the form he’s been in all term, if Arsenal are to piece together anything vaguely resembling a positive run of form then he needs to be finding the back of the net regularly.
More than anyone else in the squad it was him who needed a goal, and his response following it showed that while personally it would have done him the world of good, it was all about the team and building from that point.
Overall he didn’t have a particularly good outing, nor did anyone with the exception of Bukayo Saka, yet when strikers are in a rut they’d gladly take one off the shin if it meant breaking the mould.
Beyond just Aubameyang, the team needed that. Was it the result of a free-flowing move built from back to front in aesthetically pleasing style? That it was not. It was the result of one brilliant young man’s determination and quality breaking through lines when nobody else could.
Still, a goal is a goal. It could mean more under the surface.