'It's his ability': Mikel Arteta raves about £160k-a-week Chelsea player ahead of Arsenal clash
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has singled out Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a big threat to his side on Sunday.
Chelsea host Arsenal this weekend at Stamford Bridge, with the two London rivals locking horns in an important Premier League fixture.
Arteta, whose Arsenal team sit top of the table right now, appears to be building something quite significant in North London. They would surely love to remain top of the pile going into the imminent break for the World Cup.
In contrast, opposition boss Graham Potter is still only in the infancy of his time in West London. The Blues saw their unbeaten run under Potter come to a crashing end with a 4-1 defeat to Brighton last weekend in their previous league game, but they did respond in midweek to beat Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
Arteta singled out Aubameyang
There is going to be a lot of eyes fixed on Aubameyang on Sunday afternoon.
If the 33-year-old striker starts, he’ll surely be extra motivated to impress and score against his former club.
The centre-forward had a brilliant record as an Arsenal player, which included 38 goals in 76 Gunners appearances when Arteta was his manager.
Therefore, it’s not the biggest surprise to hear Arsenal’s current manager say Aubameyang will pose a danger this weekend because of his clinical work around the penalty box.
When asked how dangerous Aubameyang will be on Sunday, Arteta responded: “Very dangerous. If Auba has something, it’s the ability to put the ball in the back of the net and he’s going to be.”
Described as “exceptional” by Scott Minto in Wednesday’s win against Dinamo Zagreb, Aubameyang does have a point to prove to Arsenal following his sour exit.
The £160,000-a-week attacker has started eight out of 11 games since Potter took charge. In our view, he will be in the starting line-up again for an intriguing London clash.
The likes of him, Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz definitely have the individual quality to ask questions of the Arsenal backline. Everything is still trying to click at the top end of the pitch, though.