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Arteta: Aubameyang will be ready for Arsenal FA Cup clash against Manchester City.

Arteta hails Arsenal striker Aubameyang. [Getty]
Arteta hails Arsenal striker Aubameyang. [Getty]

Big occasions like the FA Cup semi-final clash between Arsenal and Man City call for big players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon striker has found the net time 23 times across all competitions this season and is set to return to Mikel Arteta’s starting XI after coming off the bench in Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Premier League champions Liverpool during midweek.

However, speaking ahead of the match at Wembley on Saturday evening, Arteta hailed the former Borussia Dortmund frontman as a player that can be relied on when his services are needed.

“I think he handles the pressure really well,” head coach Arteta told Arsenal Digital. “It is part of his character that he is so relaxed and confident about himself.

“I think the fact he is able to sustain that level of pressure and still deliver every single year, scoring the amount of goals that he does, tells you everything about how he responds and how he enjoys challenges. I am sure he will be ready on Saturday.”

Aubameyang has often been deployed on the left-wing under Arteta and as we all know he can play as the main striker upfront, however when quizzed about what he likes about playing the 31-year-old out wide, the Spaniard said: “I like him in both positions, but now to have a better balance in the team, to have a goal threat that we need in the squad, I think he adapts a little bit better.

“But he has played different positions a few times, and he will keep moving from time to time into different areas to cause difficulties to the opponent.”



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