Arsenal boss Arteta relishing Aubameyang, Lacazette return

Arsenal boss Arteta relishing Aubameyang, Lacazette return

Mikel Arteta is excited by the possibility of Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette making a return. 

Aubameyang and Lacazette are expected to make their return on Wednesday evening when Arsenal face West Brom in the second round of the Carabao Cup. 

Lacazette has missed Arsenal's two opening matches against Brentford and Chelsea after he tested positive for coronavirus. Auba also missed the defeat to Brentford but came in the second half during Arsenal's 2-0 loss to Chelsea over the weekend. 

The duo is expected to be back in the fold on Wednesday and Arteta knows the importance of the pair. 

"That's really good news because we really need them," he said.

"We know that a big part of what we want to do, as I've mentioned before, is going to be determined in the boxes and these are the two players that have the biggest goal threat in the team."

"They are both so important to us as they are able to put that ball in the net. We need them firing, we need them at their best and the team has to help them to deliver that."

"I think we sometimes get really carried away because of the youth, the quality and the talent and the potential that we have through the squad, but the ones that are going to determine our success and who have to lead our success are the senior players."

"These are the ones who have to drive everybody else and then our young players and our development players, they have to be adding to that."

"The base and the foundation should be giving them that. They have that responsibility and hopefully, when we have all the players back fit and healthy, they will be the drivers of that and the leaders of that."

The Gunners travel to the Hawthorns today as they aim to advance to the third round of the tournament. 

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