- Arteta insists Aubameyang’s role won’t diminish in his absence.
- He praises the Gunners squad for winning games even when ‘important’ players are missing.
Mikel Arteta said in an interview, as quoted by ESPN: “We missed him [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] in a few games last season as well.
“Auba is a really big part of our team and a really important player in our squad and he will continue to be so. You need those players in your team to be successful and that is not going to change overnight because we are winning one or two games [without him].”
The Arsenal boss continued: “It is great that the team has the ability and capacity to resolve when we are missing some important players, the same with David [Luiz], Kieran [Tierney] and many others we have missed like Martin [Odegaard] at the moment.
“It could have a really effect but the team has reacted in a good way, not used any excuses, just faced the challenges ahead of them and get others to raise their individual performance for the team and this is what they are doing.”
Auba contracted malaria while on international duty and it is unsure how many more games he’ll miss.
The striker’s form hasn’t been the best this season, scoring just nine times in the Premier League.