The Gunners begin their league campaign on Friday night with a trip to Brentford Community Stadium
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has said captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in the right mood for their Premier League opening game against Brentford in 2021-22.
Aubameyang struggled in front of goal last season when the Gunners finished eighth in the league table.
He has scored 15 goals in 39 games in all competitions, including 10 goals in the English top flight last campaign – his lowest score each scoring 22 league goals in his previous two full seasons.
During the off-season, the Gabonese star enjoyed a refreshing family time with trips to Italy, Greece and Silverstone in Northamptonshire, where he took part in car racing.
Aubameyang returned to Colney after the holidays to join his team-mates for pre-season training sessions, but he has not scored a goal in any of their last four friendly matches (against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Rangers and Hibernian).
Ahead of Friday’s trip to Brentford, Arteta believes the 32-year-old is ready to overcome last season’s battle.
The Spanish coach said at a press conference: ‘Since looking back, he has looked in the right mindset and tried last season, which was difficult for everyone and not just for him, for different reasons, and returned to the level what he can achieve. Because he knows and we know that this team can achieve much better things with his level. ”
Arsenal will not take part in any European competition this season after finishing eighth last quarter, but Arteta has pointed out the team’s goal for the season.
“Our goal is to consistently get the best version that will bring us closer to winning football matches,” he added. “This is what I want from the team. If we do it consistently in every game, we will be in a good place, but this is something we did not do, give the best version throughout.
“It’s something we have to control and what we have to do, and I think if we can do that, the results will be the result.”