Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says the club's captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains a key player despite being dropped in recent matches.
Aubameyang has become an infrequent starter at Arsenal since being dripped on 14th March during the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur. The 31-year-old was substituted during Arsenal's 3-3 draw with West Ham United as well as loss to Liverpool at the Emirates.
The former Borussia Dortmund lethal man was then dropped to the bench during Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final.
"We missed him in a few games last season as well, Auba is a really big part of our team and a really important player in our squad and he will continue to be so," said Arteta.
"You need those players in your team to be successful and that is not going to change overnight because we are winning one or two games [without him]."
"It is great that the team has the ability and capacity to resolve when we are missing some important players, the same with David [Luiz], Kieran [Tierney], and many others we have missed like Martin [Odegaard] at the moment."
"It could have a real effect but the team has reacted in a good way, not used any excuses, just faced the challenges ahead of them and get others to raise their individual performance for the team and this is what they are doing."
Aubameyang remains a doubt for the London derby against Fulham this Sunday as he is still recovering from home after he contracted malaria while on international duty. The club's captain is yet to train with the first team as reported by ESPN.