Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thinks Arsenal can make Sunday a pivotal moment in the early stages of the season with a win over Spurs.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 01, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot on November 01, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal head into the North London derby in the unusual position of being well below their local rivals, at least in terms of league position. It’s an eight-point gap but 13 places between the two teams right now.

Whilst Spurs haven’t lost since the opening day of the season, Arsenal have lost half of their league games. Mikel Arteta’s side are cruising in the Europa League, but they desperately need some inspiration to start to get the domestic campaign on track.

Aubameyang thinks the North London derby can provide that one moment to change the team’s direction.

“I think this is the game that we have to make into a turning point for us this season,” Aubameyang said.

“There’s nothing better than this game to give you that opportunity to turn things around. We have to understand that if we can win this game then everyone will change their mindset.

“A big result in the derby can really lift the players, the fans – everyone. We know it will be a tough game, they are playing well at the moment, to tell the truth, but we have to take care of our game, how we want to play the game, and make it all about us.

“We are waiting for this game – we need to give everything to get the win and change our situation.”

It’s also a potential turning point for Aubameyang himself. After such consistent goal output in his first few seasons with Arsenal, he’s struggling to score in the league this season. It’s just two goals in 10 for him so far, one from the penalty spot.

There’s no better time to bag a goal or two and get back in the fans’ good books.