Mikel Arteta: I prefer this 'new' Aubameyang
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Mikel Arteta: I prefer this 'new' Aubameyang

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hailed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's development, claiming that the new version of the 32-year-old is his preferred version.

Malaria, disciplinary troubles, and personal issues hampered Aubameyang throughout his poor 2021-22 season, but he already has seven goals and two assists in nine games this season across all tournaments.

The Gunners captain has drawn attention not only for his goal-scoring ability, but also for his all-round play, which Arteta believes has improved to assist his team to improve their form.

Speaking to the official Arsenal website, Arteta said: "I wouldn't go to the goals, again it is what Aubameyang is transmitting on the pitch. I have never seen Aubameyang transmit what he is doing now.

"Apart from the goals, the celebration when they put the ball in the net, do you see the way he runs, the purpose he has to press the ball, and, when he takes it his movement, his link, how he is leading the game, not when he is static, and then he puts the ball in the net? I prefer this Aubameyang."

Four of Aubameyang's goals have come in the Premier League this season, with Arsenal presently in 10th place after winning four of their previous six games.

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