Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first Premier League goal will change everything for the Gunners after 648 minutes of action.
The 31-year-old leveled the scores for the Emirates Stadium giants in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton after Theo Walcott had given Ralph Hasenhuettl’s men an 18th-minute lead after profiting from the assistance of Che Adams.
Nonetheless, after referee Paul Tierney gave Gabriel his marching orders for a second caution, Arsenal’s ambition for a comeback win suffered a massive blow.
The Spaniard believes that the goal scored by the former Borussia Dortmund star could prove essential to the team’s attitude, having gone on a run of six games without a win in the English elite division.
“Hopefully it will change everything dramatically and he will score in every game because at the moment this is what we need,” Arteta told the media as captured by the website of Arsenal.
We need the points and we need to score many more goals to do that and be more effective when we have the chance. It’s going to make him good, I think.
“I don’t have to see it I’m sure it’s going to put a lot of pressure on him and release him, too.”
Arteta applauded his team for their resilience despite the disconcerting draw, although he felt his men had several chances to guarantee victory.
We have to take the point. We showed some resilience and character to hang in there for so long against a really dangerous team because we played 35 minutes with 10 men,” he continued.”
But we’re disappointed at the same time because we came back after conceding the goal, we showed how much we wanted it, created certain circumstances, and we fixed a few things at half t