Arsenal head coach Arteta - "Players have to step up."

Arteta hopes his Gunners can fill Aubameyang's boots.


Mikel Arteta wants his Arsenal stars to “step up” and fill the void that'll be left by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who has been handed a three-match ban by the Football Association.


The Gunners skipper, who has scored 14 Premier League goals this season, received a red card for a dangerous tackle on midfielder Max Meyer in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.


“Players have to step up,” Arteta replied when asked if the team will be worse without their suspended captain as the Independent quoted.


“You know, when one of your big players is not there, they have to take responsibility. I’m sure when they’re not playing, they want a chance and they talk.


“It’s time to talk on the pitch, not outside. You come on there, you make the impact that he made and you sure me that you are as good as him or even better. You have the chance.


“It’s a big shame and a big loss for us, because as well we know Auba’s intention when he plays. But unfortunately he mistimed the tackle, he made a decision and we have to accept it.


“Auba has been around, he was very sad after the game. He was disappointed that he left the team with 10 men. It’s an action that is completely accidental in my opinion.


“He’s been superb under me, he’s trained really well, he’s working so hard. He’s scoring goals and has probably been the most important player on the team. So to lose him, obviously, is really bad news for us.”



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