Rio backs Arsenal ‘talisman’ to lead Premier League ‘jump’

Date published: Thursday 16th September 2021 12:34 - Will Ford

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Rio Ferdinand believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has what it takes to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around this season,

Mikel Arteta remains under huge pressure at the Emirates despite their first win of the season over Norwich.

The Gunners lost their opening three Premier League games of the season, conceding nine and failing to score.


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But Aubameyang broke their duck against the Canaries and Ferdinand believes the captain and “talisman” can lead a “jump up the league”.

On VIBE with FIVE, Ferdinand told an Arsenal fan: “The biggest thing for you guys is that Aubameyang scored, your talisman.

“If he plays well and scores goals, Arsenal will jump up the league. Since he signed his new deal, he’s struggled for form; he’s struggled for goals.

“He’s got that goal now, so let’s see you boys start motoring. Because as much as we take the mick out of you, I do like to see Arsenal do well, I’ve got to be honest.”

Arteta made a bold claim after the win over Norwich.

“After three defeats things get complicated,” Arteta said. “I must say it has been the best 10 or 14 days in my professional career.

“Not the easiest, but the best. You learn a lot in difficult moments, who you are with.”

Chris Sutton was mystified by Arteta’s comments, claiming no-one would believe his claim.

“Being sort of cynical, that is just utter rubbish,” Sutton said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“How could he have had the best 10 days, come on. The best 10 days? Better than winning the FA Cup?

“I just found those comments, well I didn’t believe him. I don’t think I’m the only one, how could that be possible?”

The Gunners were the division’s biggest spenders over the summer, spending over £150million on six new players.

Arteta urged his players to build on the Norwich victory and thrive in the face of adversity in order to drag themselves out of their current predicament.

“We had to suffer but I knew to win the game it would be like this,” he said.

“In difficult moments when you see the people and the level of organisation and the fans we have.

“They were ready to suffer today but they just give, give, give to the team. Today and the last week everything gilded together.

“We have to improve a lot of things, but today we made seven changes and already it looked different.”

 

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