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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Arsenal teammates after crushing defeat to Manchester City


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged his Arsenal teammates to improve (Picture: Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has sent a defiant message to the rest of his Arsenal teammates after they were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday.

Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Rodri and a Ferran Torres double helped City to a comfortable win against the Gunners, who had Granit Xhaka sent off midway through the first half. 

Arsenal are yet to score this season after three consecutive defeats to newly promoted Brentford, Chelsea and Premier League champions City.

Aubameyang has urged the rest of his team to ‘raise the level’ in the coming weeks in order to turn around their recent fortunes. 

‘You have to take risks and you have to be brave on the ball, and we didn’t [against City]. After that and the red card, it was a completely different game, but as I said, this is not enough and everyone needs to raise the level, look at ourselves in the mirror and work this out as a team and stick together. This is the only way to go forward,’ he said.

‘We have to play with courage and in this type of game, you have to play with everything. You have to take risks and we just didn’t do enough today, and that’s it. 

Arsenal have suffered three straight defeats to start the Premier League season (Picture: Getty)

‘I think we need to talk between us players. I think this is now important because we are Arsenal and we need pride. That’s it. We have to talk and say the truth between each other, be honest and as I said, raise the level.

‘For sure [the re-building process] is going to be difficult, but we are a team. We have to stick together in this moment. As the senior players, we have to show the way as well to the young players. I know that won’t be easy but we will try to do our best.’

Aubamayeng missed the opening two Premier League games of the season after contracting Covid-19, while Alexandre Lacazette, Ben White and Willian have also had the virus. 

But despite the selection issues, Mikel Arteta’s job at the Emirates is under threat and if results don’t improve after the international break than he could be given his marching orders. 


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