The Arsenal boss has warned the striker that the team cannot afford to have effort levels drop should he plan to retain his place in the squad.
did not have a fruitful season last year and has been struggling this time as well. He has yet to find the back of the net after fourPremier League
Before the battle againstManchester United
insisted that the 32-year-old has not lost his scoring touch but he warned him not to stop working hard if he aims to keep his spot.
To put the ball in the net or not can be a difference of millimetres or by a second and Auba hasn’t lost that capacity,”
he said (via The Times).
“What he cannot lose is the rest of his game.
"He cannot think, ‘I’m going to do a little bit less of that now to score more goals.’ Our front players have to put people on the ball under pressure every single time.”
The Gunners boss also admitted that he is negotiating with the club officials over recruiting in the January transfer window.
Arteta is most concerned about the attack, with Aubameyang set to join Gabon for the Africa Cup of Nations, whereas Alexandre Lacazette’s deal is due to expire in the summer and Eddie Nketiah has requested to depart after not penning a new contract.
We have to be prepared because things can happen, injuries can arise in this period,”
the manager said.
“We have to plan what is going to happen now and in the summer.”
Arsenal know that a victory on Thursday will put them in the top four ahead of West Ham.
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