Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has laid praise on Arsenal’s youngsters after a change of fortune in the Gunners’ Premier League campaign.
The likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have starred in recent games with the Mikel Arteta’s side recorded three wins and a draw from their last four league games.
In the matchday programme ahead of yesterday’s game with Newcastle United, the club captain also lauded the youngsters’ desire to learn.
Aubameyang said: “Emile Smith Rowe is doing really well at the moment, he’s still young, so we know he can progress a lot. But he’s helped the team a lot since he came back from injury. Bukayo Saka has been in the team for a while now but don’t forget he’s still really young as well – it’s crazy when you look at all these good young players coming through here.”
“They have all got big, fantastic careers ahead of them, I’m sure about that, because they are all positive guys but humble as well. They want to learn, they want to make a big progression and that’s what makes the difference.” (via The Mirror)
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If not for the young stars, the club’s season could well have been done and dusted after the Chelsea clash. The hunger and desire showed by the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Saka and Smith Rowe has been remarkable compared to what the more experienced players like Aubameyang, Willian and Nicolas Pepe have shown.
The Brazilian and Ivorian wingers seem to be doing a tribute act to Dumb and Dumber this season, trying to out-do one another at ‘how badly can we perform’. Whilst Willian struggles to produce any sort of threat in front of goal, Pepe has been struggling to even impress Arteta in training, starting just four of the 18 top-flight games this year.
Aubameyang himself has shown a real lack of desire during his performances this season, however, unlike the other two attackers, the African is the club’s captain and best finisher. It allows gives him far more breathing space when it comes to criticism for reasons unknown to myself because he’s been one of the team’s worst performers this campaign.
If not for the Hale End academy products, the season could have been over before its conclusion. However, the duo have renewed hope that the Gunners can reach the Champions League once again.