After scoring against Newcastle last Saturday in the FA Cup, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has opened up about his struggles in front of goal this season.
The Arsenal captain spoke to the media on Wednesday morning as the Gunners prepare to host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday evening.
Aubameyang has been struggling to score goals for the London side this season. He has managed just three goals in 15 league appearances this season.
His goal against Newcastle was the striker’s 6th goal of the season in all competitions, something the Gabonese forward admits is frustrating, but he hopes to turn things around.
“From the beginning of this season I was struggling a lot but I think this is part of football. We gave a lot at the end of the season to win the FA Cup and to qualify for the Europa League because it was really important for the club,” he explained.
Every striker goes through a goal drought, even the best in the world experience such struggles and the former Borussia Dortmund talisman says staying positive is the best way to deal with such challenges. The captain went on to explain how difficult it is to struggle for form while you are the leader of the team at the same time.
“Sometimes you have ups and downs and you have to manage as best you can. I tried my best and until now it was not the best performance from me. I’m still positive. I think I can turn this around. It’s really hard to manage both (captaincy and form struggles), but you have to be as positive as you can because the team needs you.
“I always try to give my best, not only on the pitch, but also in the dressing room for the guys. Sometimes it’s hard and maybe you are not in the right mood, but you have to find a way to change it and give positive vibes for the guys,” he concluded.
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