Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has doubled down on his decision to persevere with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It comes despite a stretch of poor form from the Gunners captain.
The Gabon international has netted just three times in the Premier League, and once in his last eight outings.
However, he has missed just two matches in the league with Arteta playing him up front, on the wing and as an attacking midfielder throughout the campaign.
Arsenal have bounced back from their shocking form at the start of the season and have mounted three wins in three.
That includes a 3-1 win over Chelsea on Boxing Day and a 4-0 drubbing of West Brom on Saturday.
But Aubameyang has yet to see his form improve in line with the rest of the squad.
And Arteta has insisted the ex-Borussia Dortmund star remains a key member of his first-team and has urged the rest of the squad to up their game.
He said: “I keep saying that we cannot put on Auba the whole weight on his shoulders to score the goals.
“We need contributions. Midfielders have to score more goals, needs to give more assists and we need goals from our wingers as well…
“Auba has some chances today he could have scored the same in the last game or so.
“I am so pleased because I thought in the final third we looked lively.
“There is a lot of movement, there is good energy, there is a real purpose, everybody’s playing forward.
“It’s like we are freer to play there. And The understanding is coming to generate a lot of things there.”
Despite Aubameyang’s woes, Arsenal have turned around their season over the course of a week as they went from possible relegation to hope over a European spot.
Arteta added: “We had a big week, three games in seven days, and we managed to win them and everything looks much better. It was difficult conditions but the team looked sharp from the start. It’s a big win.
“After the results we had before we had to lift things straight away. Now we have got some discipline back. We look more creative in the final third and we look solid at the back.”
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