Arsenal’s striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back to normal according to the manager of the club, Mikel Arteta. The Spanish tactician stated this after the striker scored three goals in the club’s 4-2 victory over Leeds United on Sunday, February 14.
Since Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund on January 31, 2018, for a transfer fee worth €63.75million, the 31-year-old Gabonese striker has never recorded a hat-trick in the Premier League.
Hence, the three goals Aubameyang scored against Leeds United on Sunday was his first hat-trick in the Premier League. Besides Aubameyang’s hat trick on Sunday, no Arsenal player has scored three goals in a Premier League game since February 2018. The last player before Aubameyang, to score a hat trick for Arsenal was Aaron Ramsey against Everton.
In Aubameyang’s record-breaking game, the 31-year-old striker who has been struggling to find the back of the net started scoring against Leeds United in the 13th minute of the first half.
After his first goal in the match, the striker netted the second for Arsenal in the 41st minute of the first half. Before the first half ended, Hector Bellerin made it three for Arsenal in the 45th minute.
When the second half began, Leeds United tried to fight back but before they started fighting fruitfully, Aubameyang has netted his third goal of the match in the 47th minute. Then, Leeds United’s two goals in the match came in the 58th minute through Pascal Struijk and in the 69th minute through Helder Costa.
After the game, Mikel Arteta was full of praises for Aubameyang who has now recorded five goals in his last four Premier League games. The fact that he has scored five goals in his last 4 Premier League games means that Aubameyang is returning to the kind of striker he used to be at Arsenal.
Recall that the Gabonese striker managed to score only 5 goals in his last 19 Premier League games before the league game against Leeds United on Sunday. With his performance in his last four league games, Mikel Arteta was left with no choice but to describe Aubameyang as superb.
“I thought he was superb today,” said Arteta. “He’s been training really good the last week or so, he was back to normal, he looked really committed in training, really hungry. And I think today he had a great performance, not just for the goals but the amount of pressure he put on every Leeds defender.
“I am delighted for him, he deserved it. We know that’s a big part of our future success is related to Auba being at his best and scoring as many goals as possible. If he is in that type of form, we are going to be closer to winning football matches, that is clear.
“We cannot just rely on him, but he is a big piece of our puzzle. And you could see that today that when he is firing he is a difficult player to play against.”
The 4-2 victory over Leeds United has taken Arsenal to the 10th spot on the league table with 34 points in 24 games, 6 points away from 4th placed Liverpool, and 19 points away from first-placed Manchester City.