Mikel Arteta has hinted that more transfer activity at Arsenal can be expected before the window closes, but his main target is getting captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back up and running.
The Gunners are sat in the Premier League’s relegation zone after recording zero points and zero goals from their opening two fixtures, and things aren’t expected to get any easier with a trip to face champions Manchester City on Saturday.
However, Wednesday night’s 6-0 Carabao Cup thrashing of West Brom offered some comfort to the under-pressure Arteta, with a hat-trick from Aubameyang and impressive performances all round.
“We know that if Auba is able to produce the numbers that he can, we are going to be in a much better position than if he doesn’t,” Arteta said to talkSPORT after the match.
Aubameyang had scored just one goal since March for the club before Wednesday’s win, but looked back to his best despite playing against a weakened Baggies side, also claiming a delightful assist for Nicolas Pepe.
“We’re going to try to plan and do everything we can to get him in form, to make him happy and to create the chances that he needs to put the ball in the back of the net,” Arteta continued.
The Spaniard remains open to the possibility of further signings this month.
“I think things will happen and I don’t know if it’s going to be in or out but normally the last week or so something will happen,” he said.
Asked if the tie was a must-win after losses to Brentford and Chelsea, Arteta answered: “At Arsenal it’s always a must-win.”
£30million signing Aaron Ramsdale also caught the eye during the victory, keeping a clean sheet with some nice saves, while displaying a good range of passing.
When questioned by talkSPORT what the English shot stopper will bring to the team, Arteta said: “His presence, his personality and the character that he has that he’s bringing around the place. I think everyone is going to be impressed and happy with him.”
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