Auba backed to provide goals

25 September 2021 18:22:56 GMTPlus11
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to make the difference

Ahead of Sunday's north London derby, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is close to regaining his very best form.

The Gunners host local rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and are 23/20 to win, while Nuno Espirito Santo's side are 12/5 to claim all three points and the draw is priced at 12/5.

Auba yet to get going

Aubameyang has hit just one goal so far this season - the winner against Norwich City earlier this month, but Arteta has been impressed with the Gabon international's overall contribution in recent weeks.

The Spanish coach was particularly enthused with the 32-year-old's display last weekend in the 1-0 victory at Burnley and is hoping he can help inspire his team again against Spurs.

You need a special moment and details a lot of the time decide these types of fixtures.

Mikel Arteta

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Arteta said: "Now he has been in really good form, I think the way he played at Burnley, even though he didn't score a goal, was extraordinary in the way he played for the team, so we are expecting him to keep doing the same."

Aubameyang has a good record against Tottenham, scoring seven goals in 11 previous appearances against them and Arteta admits Sunday's derby could be decided by someone of his quality.

Arteta looks for 'special moment'

He added: "You need a special moment and details a lot of the time decide these types of fixtures. Big players do it normally, when they step in and are able to do it for the team - normally the outcome becomes really positive.

"We have to put him through on more occasions, when we know how it is going to end up."

Arsenal sit 13th in the Premier League on six points after back-to-back wins, following a poor start which saw Arteta's men lose their first three games.

Spurs won their first three under new boss Nuno, but have since slipped to two consecutive losses in the league to Crystal Palace and Chelsea.

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