Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Rediscovers Arsenal Mojo
At half-time there were few supporters who’d have backed the above statement. Seeing Aubameyang spurn one glorious chance before fluffing two more, it appeared that, if anything, he had lost his mojo.
Arteta highlighted the importance of the captain scoring his tap-in against Newcastle in the FA Cup, a goal he felt worthy of making the 31-year-old play a full 120 minutes on top of the 16 full Premier League matches (barring two minutes) he’d played already this season.
While it was hoped that goal would provide him with the confidence boost he needed, there were reservations about its impact. Racing on to Partey’s lofted through ball in the second half of Monday’s clash before beating Emil Krafth and firing into the roof of the net, there can be no doubting that goal will have made the world of difference.
It was his overall display that needed praising though, as he got more involved in dangerous attacking phases that saw him have the space to attack into where he thrives. Furthermore, he appeared more willing to make incisive runs whenever his teammates were on the ball as opposed to only when certain players assume possession.
Partey’s role in his body language helped. With a midfielder on the ball who looks forward in as few touches as possible, his head was always up. May his brace be first of many for the rest of the campaign.