Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has expressed joy after scoring a hat-trick for Arsenal against Leeds United.
The Arsenal captain returned to the starting line up on Sunday when the Gunners welcomed Leeds United whom they humbled with a convincing 4-2 final score line at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gabonese international got a beautiful hat-trick as he returned to scoring ways in fine style for Mikel Arteta’s side. The 31-year-old has spoken out on him scoring three goals and the recent personal problems that he has been facing over the past few weeks.
He missed their matches against Southampton in the Emirates FA Cup and the Premier League due to personal family reasons which he later confirmed to have been about his mom who was hospitalised.
After resolving his challenges, he returned to the squad, but wasn’t immediately put back into the starting eleven until the Leeds game and he repaid the coach’s faith by scoring his first Premier League hat-trick.
Speaking to the media after the game, a joyful Aubameyang confirmed that indeed it has been a difficult time for him, but also said that it was now a time to start smiling and scoring goals. He also thanked everybody that has given him support and dedicated the win to them.
“Everyone was giving a lot of love to me, my mum and my family. The hat-trick means a lot to me. I’m a guy who always works hard. It’s been a tough time for me. I have to say thank you to everyone at the club and the fans.
“It’s been a tough time for me, but now it’s time to get the smile back and win games and score goals. I have to say thank you to everyone at the club and the fans as well because I received a lot of messages. The win and goals, this is for them.”
With this win, Arsenal moved back to 10th spot on the log with 34 points from 24 games. They will now shift focus to Thursday night’s Europa League last 32 game against Portuguese giants SL Benfica.
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