Forced ab­sence vexes striker

Afro Voice (Free State) - - SPORT - LON­DON

ARSENAL striker Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang said his forced ab­sence from the club’s Europa League cam­paign this sea­son was the main rea­son for a “frus­trat­ing” start to life at Lon­don. Aubameyang, who joined Arsenal in Jan­uary, played for for­mer club Borus­sia Dort­mund in the Cham­pi­ons League this sea­son and Uefa’s “cup-tied” rule pre­vents him from rep­re­sent­ing his new team in Europe for the rest of the sea­son. “I am re­ally frustrated be­cause the rules are a bit, I don’t know how to say in English but I am dis­ap­pointed be­cause I can’t help my team,” Aubameyang to deal with it.”

Gabon in­ter­na­tional Aubameyang has scored three Pre­mier League goals in five starts for the club, in­clud­ing in the 3-0 league win over Wat­ford on Sun­day.

“I didn’t play a lot in Jan­uary so it was dif­fi­cult to find the rhythm. Now I’m feel­ing bet­ter. I work hard, I worked a lot in the last weeks and I am happy be­cause I feel bet­ter,” he said.

The 28 year old will watch from the stands as his team­mates take on AC Milan in the sec­ond leg of their Europa League last 16 clash at the Emi­rates Sta­dium to­mor­row. Arsenal beat AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg. Striker Danny Wel­beck, who is tasked with lead­ing Arsenal’s line in Europe in the ab­sence of Aubameyang and the in­jured Alexan­dre La­cazette, said he was rel­ish­ing the com­pe­ti­tion with his fel­low for­wards.

“It’s com­pe­ti­tion and I em­brace it,” Wel­beck said.

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been play­ing for an academy with scouts all over the world that are look­ing for top play­ers to come in. You have com­pe­ti­tion through­out your whole life and it only makes you bet­ter mo­ti­va­tion.”

Wel­beck has strug­gled with hip and groin in­juries this sea­son and has not found the net since Arsenal’s 4-2 FA Cup

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