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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Arsenal have 'stagnated' in recent years

The Gabon striker hopeful the London side can push on and challenge for the top four in the Premier League under new manager Unai Emery.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes the club has "stagnated" in recent seasons. Andrew Couldridge / Action Images via Reuters
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes the club has "stagnated" in recent seasons. Andrew Couldridge / Action Images via Reuters

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said Arsenal "stagnated" in the final years of Arsene Wenger's reign.

The striker, who was signed on January's transfer deadline day from Borussia Dortmund, says the club are looking forward to moving on under the new leadership of head coach Unai Emery.

He said on French radio station RMC: "Like in the last few seasons, you have to say the reality is the club has stagnated a little bit. Everyone is a little bit excited to see what happens next season."

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The Gabon international added: "It's certainly strange that the coach is leaving after 22 years. That's life, you have to move forward. We need everyone to think that we have to work hard to rival the best."

Emery joins Arsenal after being replaced at Paris St Germain by Thomas Tuchel.

Aubameyang said of Emery: "He's a very good coach. At Paris, it's never very easy. There's enormous pressure."