Aubameyang says Villarreal tie ‘biggest game of my Arsenal career’

Aubameyang says Villarreal tie ‘biggest game of my Arsenal career’

Aubameyang’s biggest game

Arsenal go into the semi-final second leg tie against Villarreal tomorrow knowing that anything other than a win, possibly by at least two goals should the Spanish side score, will not be enough to see them through.

Considering their position in the league table it has amplified the pressure and expectation on the fixture.

It is very likely that should Arsenal not progress to the final of the competition it will be the end of all hope of qualifying for Europe next season.

With all of this in mind, it is unsurprising that club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reiterated the fact that this is the biggest game of his Arsenal career.

“This is why I am really excited to play this game tomorrow because it is a big game and it’s a big moment for all of us. Hopefully we deliver again,” said Aubameyang.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Alexander Lacazette Arsenal

VALENCIA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal (R) celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with teammate Alexandre Lacazette during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Valencia and Arsenal at Estadio Mestalla on May 09, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

“For sure it will be one of [the biggest games of my Arsenal career]. Definitely this season is the most important game and we know that we have to win this game. 

“It is a big opportunity for us to get to the final, we play at home and this is maybe the biggest game of my Arsenal career.”

Aubameyang scored in the second leg against Valencia during the Europa League semi-final in 2019, but could not carry the side through in the final against Chelsea coming out with a 4-1 defeat.

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Mikel Arteta was also asked about the gravity of the fixture.

The Spanish coach has been under increasing pressure this season, seeing the side plummet to one of their lowest positions in Premier League history.

Should he pull off yet another trophy in back-to-back seasons it would go a long way to recovering his place amongst the fans’ mindset.

“It’s a massive game for everybody but in particular for the club because we are here representing a football club and our fans,” said Arteta.

Aubameyang says Villarreal tie ‘biggest game of my Arsenal career’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta dejected on the touchline during the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/PA Images via Getty Images)

“What we want to do is to do it in the best way  by winning trophies. If we win tomorrow, we will be much closer to getting another trophy. This is the only aim and the purpose of us being here.”

When asked how the summer transfer plans will be affected by the team’s involvement in Europe next season he was keeping the cards close to his chest.

“I don’t know,” he replied. “It’s difficult to respond to that. What I can say is that winning always helps for the future. It’s the best way to prepare anything for the future.

Arsenal will host the Spanish side at 8pm on Thursday evening.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 34 47 80
2 Manchester United FC 33 29 67
3 Leicester City FC 34 22 63
4 Chelsea FC 34 22 61
5 West Ham United FC 34 11 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 34 22 56
7 Liverpool FC 33 16 54
8 Everton FC 33 3 52
9 Arsenal FC 34 9 49
10 Aston Villa FC 33 10 48
11 Leeds United 34 -2 47
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 34 -13 42
13 Crystal Palace FC 33 -22 38
14 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 34 -4 37
15 Southampton FC 33 -18 37
16 Burnley FC 34 -16 36
17 Newcastle United FC 34 -20 36
18 Fulham FC 34 -20 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 34 -34 26
20 Sheffield United FC 34 -42 17
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 21
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 16
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 15
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 11
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 10
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 10
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United FC 9

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