Monday 20 January 2020

Aubameyang vows to fight on

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Photo: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Photo: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he will lead the fight to improve the club's recent fortunes.

The Gunners needed a stoppage-time Alexandre Lacazette equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw at home to lowly Southampton on Saturday following another poor performance.

The pressure continues to mount on head coach Unai Emery, who has now overseen just two league wins from the last 11 games.

Saints were unfortunate not to leave the Emirates Stadium with their first away win at Arsenal since 1987 as Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse - who tapped home after having his penalty saved - had twice given them the lead.

But Lacazette's brace, including a last-gasp leveller, ensured the hosts at least ended the afternoon with a share of the spoils - with Aubameyang conceding things need to improve in the coming weeks.

"Everybody is disappointed today, the fans and the players," he said. "It didn't work today. It's not a good result for us. Obviously we're playing at home and we have to win games at home. We have to keep fighting and keep trying to sort it out. I think everybody has to try to ask themselves what they can change, what they can give more of.

"Everybody has to do this, me first. I will try to work hard and to get back to winning ways."

Emery admitted afterwards a draw was not good enough.

The fans clearly agreed as they jeered en masse at the final whistle, as Aubameyang revealed the players were equally as frustrated.

"I think we have the quality to come back and we have to fight," he said.

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