Mikel Arteta assesses Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dry spell since signing new deal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has assessed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s recent struggles in front of goal, defending his star.

Aubameyang has not scored since signing a new deal at the Emirates with the striker’s last goal coming back on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

The Gabon star has regularly featured on the left side of Arsenal’s attack with Arteta seemingly reluctant to play him through the middle.

Though the boss is confident Aubameyang will be back on the scoresheet sooner rather than later, and is taking good signs from opportunities he is getting.

Arteta said: “With all the strikers if you ask when they don't score for two or three games if there are concerns in my opinion the performance was not [a cause].

“He could have scored again on Saturday in a one-vs-one situation that normally he does.

"It's trying to get in better positions as frequently as we can to try to give him the best possible chance."

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Aubameyang’s future was regularly spoken about during the summer though he eventually signed a new deal at Arsenal.

And former Premier League striker Darren Bent believes the forward may have taken his foot off the gas now he has secured his long-term future.

Bent said: “When there were all the contract talks, some of the performances he put in at the back end of last season… absolutely superb.

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“No coincidence that since that new contract the output has been a lot less.

“It’s subconsciously. In his head he’s probably thinking he’s doing the same things but you can tell that the level of performance and even the work rate is slightly downhill.”

Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign this evening as they travel to Austria to face Rapid Vienna.

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