Arsenal supporters have been reacting to their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring while on international duty for Gabon on Monday.
Gabon beat Angola 2-0, with the 32-year-old striker opening the scoring for his side as he now prepares to return to north London for the Gunners’ clash with Crystal Palace next Monday.
Aubameyang, who is valued at £22.5million on Transfermarkt, has scored five goals for Arsenal in all competitions this season and has now added to that tally for his country, which will surely give him plenty of confidence.
Gunners fans, when taking to Twitter and Reddit following his goal for Gabon, have been lauding their captain, with one even saying – perhaps tongue-in-cheek – he is better than Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
Aubameyang will be hoping to bring his goal-scoring form back to London for his club as he looks for a massive improvement from last season’s disappointing return for Arsenal.
The striker scored 15 goals in all competition throughout the 2020/21 campaign – which, by his high standards, was extremely disappointing.
However, Aubameyang suffered with some off-the-field problems, something Mikel Arteta referenced when speaking about his hopes for the centre-forward before the start of this season.
When asked by Sky Sports if he thought Aubameyang’s form last season was a one-off, Arteta replied: “Absolutely I do because he’s 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.”
Arteta added: “I think he’s a player who needs the fans. He’s very engaged and linked emotionally to them so I think that’s something that’s going to help him.
“I am getting the sense from him that he is ready to kick on but he got Covid and has been away for a while, so now we have to work him back physically to his best condition because that’s also something which is very important in his game.”
Aubameyang will be hoping to find the back of the net for the second time in three games against Crystal Palace in less than a weeks’ time, after scoring Arsenal’s second goal in their 3-1 North London Derby win against Tottenham last month.
Source by Football London