Mikel Arteta calls on Alexandre Lacazette to ‘step forward’ during Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ban

first_imgEddie Nketiah’s loan exit will not be delayed to cover Aubameyang’s ban (Picture: Getty)It had been suggested that Eddie Nketiah’s impending loan could be delayed until the end of the month to cover Aubameyang’s absence further, but Arteta does not think that would be wise.Asked if the ban affects what happens with Nketiah, Arteta said: ‘I think we have to think long term with Eddie. We have to respect his evolution, his development and we don’t have to make decisions just based on two or three games.’MORE: Arsenal’s fighting spirit has grown since Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery as manager, believes SokratisMORE: Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos to have medical with FC Nurnberg ahead of loan moveMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Aubameyang will not return from his suspension until the start of February (Picture: Getty)Lacazette has failed to score in his last five Premier League matches and, with Aubameyang now suspended, Arteta has urged all his forwards to start producing more.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They now have to make a step forward now he is not able to contribute to the team with goals,’ said Arteta when asked if other players needed to step up.‘Someone else has to do it and I want to see that reaction too.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe continued: ‘Losing probably the most important player is never nice.‘We have other players that can play in that position. We will try to find a way and be as competitive as possible.’Gabriel Martinelli came off the bench at Selhurst Park after Aubameyang’s red card and looked lively, with the Brazilian teenager competing with Reiss Nelson to join Lacazette and Pepe in Arsenal’s attack for the upcoming games. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 Jan 2020 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.9kShares The French striker has not scored a goal in over a month (Picture: Getty)Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has called on Alexandre Lacazette and the rest of the Gunners’ attackers to step up in the absence of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon striker saw his yellow card upgraded to a red by VAR after a late challenge on Crystal Palace’s Max Meyer at the weekend, and he will now miss Premier League matches against Sheffield United and Chelsea and the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Bournemouth.Aubameyang is Arsenal’s top scorer by a big margin this season, netting 14 times in the league compared to next best Lacazette’s five goals, while Nicolas Pepe is third with three goals. Commentcenter_img Mikel Arteta calls on Alexandre Lacazette to ‘step forward’ during Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ban Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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