Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang detailed in his pre-Burnley programme notes what he has changed between games to try and get back in form as he admits he was ‘sad’ after losing to Wolves and Tottenham, so I wonder how he’s feeling after Burnley?
The Arsenal forward has not enjoyed a good season and, despite being the club captain, has rarely been heard from when Arsenal lose.
He has to do the programme notes before each home game, however, and it is a chance for him to speak to fans, not that many read them.
Describing himself as a ‘quiet guy’ he then went on to explain what he’s changing to try and improve.
“It’s been very frustrating for me lately and, of course, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about what I can do better or how I can change the situation,” Aubameyang wrote.
“I think a lot about how I recover between games and between training sessions. I look at what am I doing at home, am I sleeping enough, am I sleeping at the right times, do I need to sleep earlier or something like that.
“But I try to look at myself. It’s about what I can change on a daily basis and that’s it.
“Because I know when I’m on the pitch when I’m training, I’m training as I should be, because I try always to work on my finishes. So it’s all about just trying to stay confident, don’t have doubts. Because I know I can do it. In my family we don’t have doubts, even if we have difficult periods. This is part of life. You just have to face it, you have to face the problem and try to change what’s wrong.
“In this case I think I have to first of all check if I’m doing OK in my proper life and I think I’m doing so, now I’ll just work and it will come.
“I’m a positive person. I like to bring that energy to the team and to the changing room. I think that’s so important to have a positive spirit and atmosphere around the club. Of course after games like last weekend, that can be really difficult.
“You know after games like Wolves or Tottenham, for sure we are all frustrated because of how they went and the results we got. I’m the first guy, the captain, so of course I will stay positive, but I’m a human being.
“I was sad, to tell the truth, I was sad after the last game because I think the most important thing is we know we can do better and we have to do better. I was frustrated but I know this is my job now to turn the things, to keep it positive and to bring always the good vibes to the training ground.
“Everybody is doing that with me. We are determined to put things right, and everybody knows that it only possible if we keep pulling together in the same direction and support each other.”
Auba is currently the club’s joint-second top-scorer this season, tied with Nicolas Pepe on four, although the winger has three assists to Auba’s nine.
Ahead of him is the club’s top scorer for the season so far with a whopping five goals, Eddie ‘not good enough for Leeds’ Nketiah.
He did manage to score on Sunday, albeit at the wrong end as Arsenal lost again.
Arsenal’s top/only scorers this season
13 players have scored for Arsenal this season which is a nice spread but they aren’t getting very many individually.
Only 11 players have provided assists with Hector Bellerin leading the way with four. Pepe, Willock and Willian all have three, Saka and Smith Rowe have two while Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Aubameyang, Nelson and Balogun all have one assist.
Number of assists moves a player ahead of another with the same number of goals. Where assists and goals are the same, minutes played are used, with those playing fewer minutes ahead of those playing more.
- Eddie Nketiah – G5 A0 Mins 865
- Nicolas Pepe – G4 A3 Mins 969
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – G4 A1 Mins 1,107
- Alexandre Lacazette – G4 A0 Mins 818
- Joe Willock – G3 A3 Mins 667
- Forlain Balogun – G2 A1 Mins 61
- Gabriel – G2 A0 Mins 1,080
- Emile Smith Rowe – G1 A2 Mins 119
- Bukayo Saka – G1 A2 Mins 1,089
- Reiss Nelson – G1 A1 Mins 392
- Pablo Mari – G1 A0 Mins 180
- David Luiz – G1 A 0 Mins 770
- Mohamed Elneny – G1 A0 Mins 967