Unai Emery sets goals challenge for Aubameyang


Unai Emery has thrown a challenge at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to emerge as the highest goalscorer in the Premier League this season.

Aubameyang currently leads the charts with 10 goals after scoring twice in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur in a 4:2 win at the Emirates.

Unai Emery now hopes that Aubameyang who has found the back of the net a whopping 8 times in his last 7 games can continue his scoring streak when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

“I want him to continue improving, and his challenge is also collective and individual,” he said.

“I want his challenge to be that he has the opportunity to be the best scorer in the Premier League. We want to help him achieve this and that is because, if he is scoring, he is helping us.”

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Meanwhile, Aubameyang has been deployed in a variety of positions this season by Emery in a bid to accommodate the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil. Alexandre Lacazette, and Alex Iwobi.

However, he led the line against Spurs last Sunday and was very impressive in the role.

“In his career he has played as a winger on the right, on the left and like a striker,” Emery said.

“He [has] played with two strikers. I use with him in every position for us. And sometimes his best performance is starting the match on the bench and then playing 20 or 25 minutes. In the last two matches he has had a very big performance, working and scoring.

“I want to say to him and also to everyone: ‘don’t stop, continue with this commitment every match.’

“It is also important that he takes confidence from matches like [Tottenham], not only from scoring but also from helping with pressing against them and [competing] well with the head against them. Now is the moment to say to him: ‘Don’t stop’.”

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