Mikel Arteta claims Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have a better season now that FANS have returned

Mikel Arteta claims Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have a better season as FANS have returned to the field after Arsenal captain scores a hat-trick in the 6-0 Carabao Cup that thrashes the youthful side of West Brom

  • Arsenal beat a young West Brom side 6-0 in the second round of the Carabao Cup
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a hat-trick to set up a draw with AFC Wimbledon
  • Mikel Arteta backs Aubameyang to score more goals now fans are back
  • Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette also scored for Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta backs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to be spurred on by the return of fans this season after he hit a hat-trick in their second round Carabao Cup romp in West Brom.

The Gunners kicked off their campaign with a 6-0 defeat to a much-changed West Brom side as Aubameyang shone on his first start of the season. Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette also appeared on the scoresheet to at least temporarily relieve the pressure on Arteta.

Aubameyang was knocked out by Covid and missed the opening day loss at Brentford before coming off the bench in a defeat to Chelsea.

Mikel Areta (left) claims Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will score more goals now fans are back

Mikel Areta (left) claims Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will score more goals now fans are back

The Arsenal captain (right) hit a hat-trick in a 6-0 Carabao Cup win over a young West Brom team

The Arsenal captain (right) hit a hat-trick in a 6-0 Carabao Cup win over a young West Brom team

The Arsenal captain (right) hit a hat-trick in a 6-0 Carabao Cup win over a young West Brom team

He returned to the Hawthorns and scored with two tries from close range before sealing his hat-trick with a curling attack. His name rang out from the far end and for the second game he gave his shirt to a fan before going into the tunnel.

Asked if the fans returning after the end of the Covid restrictions can make a difference to Aubameyang’s performances, Arteta replied: “I hope they do.

‘Obviously he has a very cheerful character and he needs that connection with people; with family, with friends, with fans.

“You saw the interaction when he left the field and I think that’s something very positive for him, yes.”

Arteta (center) claims the fans who are back will push Aubameyang to better things up front

Arteta (center) claims the fans who are back will push Aubameyang to better things up front

Arteta (center) claims the fans who are back will push Aubameyang to better things up front

Arsenal – which will host Sky Bet League One team AFC Wimbledon in round three – have been in the spotlight after losing their first two Premier League games.

But Arteta was happy with the win ahead of Saturday’s grueling trip to Manchester City.

“If you lose a match, you have to win as soon as possible,” he added. “Today’s game will give us some confidence. We had players who played the first minutes.

“Auba after his Covid, to get some minutes and score three goals for his confidence will be great. All in all I think it was a very positive evening.’

Nicolas Pepe (left) and Bukayo Saka (right) also came on the scoresheet for Arsenal in the win

Nicolas Pepe (left) and Bukayo Saka (right) also came on the scoresheet for Arsenal in the win

Nicolas Pepe (left) and Bukayo Saka (right) also came on the scoresheet for Arsenal in the win

Alex Lacazette is another player who returns from Covid and landed on the scoresheet

Alex Lacazette is another player who returns from Covid and landed on the scoresheet

Alex Lacazette is another player who returns from Covid and landed on the scoresheet

While the defeat seemed painful for West Brom, who went into the game with 10 of a possible 12 championship points, head coach Valerien Ismael was pleased with what he saw from his young side.

“I think we need to establish the two situations,” he said. “I think in the first half, especially on some points, it looked really good, good pressing, good intensity and we won the ball.

“We had the first big chance of the game and we conceded the first goal with a huge mistake and you have to accept that with the young boys.

“During the 90 minutes we also struggled at some points, but it’s about the mentality to stay strong.”

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