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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exclusive: Champions League the target for Arsenal

But the 31-year-old has credited Arteta as the inspiration of the turnaround – and the instant, if unconventional, impact he made on the Gunners’ faltering squad.

“When he came, the first day, we were in a room where I remember there were some chairs on the floor, everywhere in the room. So he brings the players, the staff and all the people working here and he said ‘this is the club right now, so you’re going to work altogether and first of all, clean this room, and then we’re going to talk.’

“After this you think ‘OK, I think he’s right, and we’re going to follow this way’ and this is how he made it and we have a lot of respect for him because he was a player as well. When you have a coach who knows what they’re doing, you just have to follow.”

The striker has also stressed that, but for Arteta’s arrival and impact, it was likely he would have left the club this summer.

“Two things persuaded me to stay,” he said. “The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.

“I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him. I think this was the key factor and as well, the love that I receive from the fans and the whole club.”

Arsenal’s ambitions for new season revealed

Arsenal’s unexpected FA Cup triumph has whetted Aubameyang’s appetite for further success this season. But what exactly would constitute a successful season for an Arsenal team which endured their lowest top-flight finish in 25 years in 2019/20?

“When you win trophies, you want to win more trophies and this is what it’s about. We want to compete, first of all for the league, I think this is the biggest point. We want to be back in the Champions League, we have to stay humble for sure. We cannot pretend to choose to play for the first place but we want to be part of the teams to compete for the first place and as I say, to stay humble and work hard and in the end try our best to win more trophies.”

Serge Gnabry opens up on Arsenal decision

Gnabry admits he ‘wanted to stay’ at Arsenal

Serge Gnabry has opened up on his decision to leave Arsenal, noting that his heart was telling him to stay at the club.

Serge Gnabry in action for Bayern Munich

He told ESPN: “In my heart, I wanted to stay.

“I always believed that I had what it takes to play for Arsenal, but these things are not always down to you. It was a tough decision [to return to Germany] but it was a logical one. I needed to play to get ahead.”

Arsenal injury boost as Tierney returns to full training

The Scotland international could be back in action for the Gunners when they take on reigning champions Liverpool on Monday evening

Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney has returned to full training ahead of the Premier League match against Liverpool on Monday.

Tierney was withdrawn from the Gunners’ starting XI ahead of the 2-1 win against West Ham last week after suffering an injury in the warm-up, with Sead Kolasinac taking his place. The 23-year-old also missed out on his side’s 2-0 Carabao Cup third round victory at Leicester on Wednesday.

Manager Mikel Arteta confirmed in midweek that the Scotland international’s groin issue was a minor one and the club confirmed on Sunday that he is back to training normally with his team-mates.

Mikel Arteta willing to abandon ‘the Arsenal way’ in order to win

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists he is happy to take a pragmatic approach if it brings success to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners travel to Premier League champions Liverpool on Monday night looking to continue their winning start to the campaign. They have won their two previous encounters with Jurgen Klopp’s side – a 2-1 league victory in July before a penalty shoot-out success in the Community Shield last month.

Those wins, coupled with beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final, having seen off Manchester City in the semi-final, have seen Arteta address some of the issues Arsenal have faced when coming up against their traditional top-six rivals of late.

The performances were also built on different foundations to those which former manager Arsene Wenger had laid during his 22-year tenure, but Arteta believes playing the ‘Arsenal way’ would be the wrong decision at present.

“Sometimes it’s what you want to do as a coach and sometimes it’s what you are allowed to do with the levels of players and performance that top teams can do against you,” he replied when asked about moving away from the previous approach.

 

“But we have to prepare the games, finding scenarios to win. I’m here to win. I’m here to find ways to do it.

“If I am proposing something very difficult that is exposing our team right now, I don’t think I’m acting in the best favour of the club or the players.

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