Gabon striker, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang showed why he is Arsenal’s best forward at the moment when he bagged a hat trick in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday.
Aubameyang returned to Arsenal’s squad for the first time this season after missing two opening premier league games due to COVID-19.
Arsenal made light work of Wes Bromwich Albion in a 6-0 drubbing at the Hawthorns to sort of salvage an image after two opening premier league defeats.
The Gabon striker tapped in two first half goals plus a curling finisher after the break to put the game beyond a young Wes Brom side who featured six debutants.
Ivory Coast international, Nicolas Pepe got the third after Aubameyang’s first half double, with England international, Bukayo Saka fetching the Gunners’ fourth.
Alexandre Lacazette climbed off the bench to fire in his side’s sixth.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said of Aubameyang. “Auba [Aubameyang] after his Covid, to get some minutes and score three goals for his confidence is going to be great. Overall I think a really positive night.
“Obviously he is a really happy character and he needs that connection with people; with family, with friends, with fans.
“You could see the interaction when he left the pitch and I think that is something really positive for him, yes.” Arteta said.
Arsenal will next play AFC Wimbledon in the next next round of the Carabao Cup. They however need to quickly reorganize for premiership results as a third defeat against Manchester City on Saturday will be deadly.
The Gunners’ two opening premier league defeats came in a 2-0 score line against newly promoted Brentford and Chelsea.