Arteta urges Aubameyang to ‘improve’ and ‘be more decisive’ amid Arsenal’s struggles in front of goal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has called upon star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to up his performances as the Gunners struggles in front of goal continue.

Ever since the Spaniard walked through the door, Arsenal have looked a much more solid outfit defensively, yet the opening to the current campaign has seen them failed to produce their best at the other end of the pitch.

Arteta’s preference for a 3-4-3 formation has perhaps shackled his side’s attacking output somewhat, with them scoring just nine Premier League goals so far this season in their opening eight games.

Those struggles to find the back of the net have seen forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang register just two league goals and Arteta has urged the 31-year-old be more clinical in front of goal, although he recognised it was normal for strikers to suffer a dry spell at some point in their career.

“I think himself, he knows as well what he can do, the things that he needs to improve in his game to be more decisive,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“It will come. I haven’t known any striker in the world that for 10 years never had a period where he wasn’t scoring as much.

“It is how you navigate that period and how quickly you come back to do what you have always done. For them, it is something normal. As a coach I have to help him as much as I can.”

With Aubameyang currently lining up on the left-side of the front three, there have been calls to move him more centrally in order to improve his goalscoring output, and the Gunners boss revealed that a position change was not out of the question.

“I am open to many options as I am open to use different formations or change the team with different names,” Arteta said. “It is always a possibility.”

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