Arsenal manager Unai Emery has challenged Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to go on and become the Premier League’s top scorer this season.
Aubameyang sits top of the premier league goal log, scoring twice in Arsenal’s North London derby triumph over Tottenham to take his count for the season to 10 league goals.
Also, Emery wants the Gabonese forward to keep up his hot streak, insisting that Aubameyang can keep on making strides, having featured in all 14 of Arsenal’s Premier League games up until now, making 12 start and 2 from the bench.
Emery said ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Wednesday. “I want him to continue improving, and his challenge is also collective and individual,”
“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.
“In the last two matches, he has had a very big performance, working and scoring. I want to say to him, ‘Don’t stop, continue with this commitment every match.’
“It is also important that he takes confidence from matches like Tottenham. Now is the moment to say to him, ‘Don’t stop‘.”
The 29-year-old has not constantly played in his favourite central position, but with Emery frequently using the in-form France forward Alexandre Lacazette as the main striker in Arsenal conventional formation, and the Spaniard believes Aubameyang’s versatility is a critical asset to the club.
In his career he has played as a winger on the right, on the left and like a striker, he [has] played with two strikers,” Emery added.
“I use him in every position, and sometimes his best performance is starting the match on the bench and then playing 20 or 25 minutes.”