Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will start against Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday in search of his first FA Cup goal for Arsenal this season and Mikel Arteta has backed him to handle the pressure even though he has never scored against City before.
Starting against Liverpool on the bench midweek, Aubameyang should be fresh and ready to go in what will be only his second FA Cup game of his Arsenal career.
His other? 90 minutes against Manchester United in the fourth round game we lost 1-3 last season. He scored our only goal after 42 minutes.
In fact, Auba has played more League Cup games for Arsenal than he has in the FA Cup (3 v 1). Of our four FA Cup games so far this season, he’s only been included in the squad once and that was when he sat on the bench against Sheffield United in the quarter final.
With Arsenal’s season on the line on Saturday evening against Manchester City, Arteta was asked about the forward’s ability to handle the inevitable pressure that comes with facing a Pep Guardiola side that has a massive bee in its bonnet and believes it has a point to prove.
“I think he handles the pressure really well,” Arteta told Arsenal Digital. “It is part of his character that he is so relaxed and confident about himself.
“I think the fact he is able to sustain that level of pressure and still deliver every single year, scoring the amount of goals that he does, tells you everything about how he responds and how he enjoys challenges. I am sure he will be ready on Saturday.
“I like him in both positions, but now to have a better balance in the team, to have a goal threat that we need in the squad, I think he adapts a little bit better,” he added.
“But he has played different positions a few times, and he will keep moving from time to time into different areas to cause difficulties to the opponent.”
A key point used to dig at Arsenal’s big players is the number of goals they do, or more often, don’t score against the so-called ‘big sides’ so how does Aubameyang stack up in that category knowing that he has never scored against Manchester City?
Aubameyang career goals v the big boys
- Bayern Munich Played 14 goals six, assists four
- Tottenham P9 G7 A1
- Manchester United P6 G3 A0
- Manchester City P6 G0 A0
- Liverpool P5 G1 A1
- Chelsea P4 G2 A0
Total: P44 G19 A6
Alexandre Lacazette’s record v the big boys:
- PSG P10 G2 A1
- Chelsea P9 G1 A0
- Tottenham P6 G3 A2
- Manchester United P4 G1 A3
- Liverpool P3 G2 A2
- Manchester City P1 G1 A0
Total: P33 G10 A8