On an evening upon which Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey distinguished themselves, the cutting edge was ultimately added by the Gabon striker, who continued his improving form.
📷 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Match Snapshot
The match started in a tricky manner for Aubameyang, who missed of the pick of the first-half chances when he clattered the woodwork when faced with an open goal. Although he was at an angle, he would have expected to score.
⚽ ⏱️ 50' Aubameyang latched onto a glorious pass from Partey to charge at Emil Krafth down the left channel. He easily beats the defender an fires home.
⚽ ⏱️ 77' With the Gunners now cruising thanks to Saka's goal, Aubameyang seals the win. He is left with a relatively simple finish thanks to a cutback from Cedric.
〽️ Aubameyang: Rating Week-on-Week
Aubameyang's difficulties' this season have been well advertised, yet there are signs he is getting back to his best.
After a 7.6 FC Rating against Newcastle in the FA Cup a fortnight ago, he dipped in a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace but earned an 8.6 FC Rating on Monday.
🗝️ Key Stats
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang match stats
|FC Rating||8.6||FC Man of the Match|
|On Target||2||Rank #1|
|Touches In Box||9||Rank #1|
Aubameyang: What Next?
Arsenal have an FA Cup tie on Saturday against an opponent that they do not yet know. Aubameyang may be rested for that game but he will expect to be back for their next Premier League outing with Southampton as they chase the top four.
If the Gunners are to achieve that goal, they need Aubameyang playing at this level.