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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang talks after scoring against his favourite PL club Newcastle United

5 months ago

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Steve Bruce both had extra incentive to succeed on Sunday.

For the Arsenal striker, he could become the first Arsenal player to score in five successive appearances against an opponent in all competitions, since Olivier Giroud’s six-match streak against Aston Villa between 2013 and 2016.

Whilst for the Newcastle Head Coach, he was aiming for consecutive Premier League home wins for the first time in seventeen months.

Steve Bruce and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have now clashed in five games between Newcastle and Arsenal and these have been the outcomes:

11 August 2019 – Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 1 (Aubameyang 1 goal)

16 February 2020 – Arsenal 4 Newcastle 0 (Aubameyang 1 goal)

9 January 2021 – Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 (Aubameyang 1 goal)

18 January 2021 – Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 (Aubameyang 2 goals)

2 May 2021 – Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2 (Aubameyang 1 goal)

After completing that record at St James Park yesterday, I think fair to say that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ‘slightly’ ahead of Steve Bruce, having won all five matches and scoring six goals, Arsenal not conceding a single goal to Steve Bruce’s Newcastle teams.

After starting his first match since contracting malaria while on international duty with Gabon last month, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had this to say to the official Arsenal site after playing against his favourite PL club on Sunday:

On how much Arsenal needed to win:

“We needed this one.

“I think after a few games without winning, it was important to win just before our important game on Thursday. It’s good for the confidence for all the team.”

On scoring as usual against Newcastle:

“It was a great goal.

“I think Gabi did incredible work today and he gave me this assist as well.

“All credit to him. I was really happy to score.”

On Arsenal scoring and taking control so early in the game:

“This was the idea for the team.

“I think we did a great job as a team.

“We pressed them and we played our game. We were able to win that way.”

On coming back and scoring:

“I have to say, when you are out for a few weeks you realise how good it is to be back on the pitch.

“I was really happy to be back first and scoring a goal.”

How he feels after playing 78 minutes:

“At the end for the last five minutes I was dying a little bit.

“But to tell the truth, I felt good the whole game so I was really happy with that.

“I have to say that the doctors did incredible work with me, bringing me to the hospital and stuff like that. I’m really thankful for them.”

On a big week:

“It was really important to take some confidence and win this game.

“We know that we will need everyone to be ready on Thursday. We saw that today, everyone was ready and hopefully we can go through [to the Europa League final].”


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