Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta urges Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to end ‘complicated’ season on high note

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Mikel Arteta hopes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can end a “complicated” personal season on a high before taking a much needed rest over the summer.

The Arsenal captain, who signed a new £350k-a-week contract ahead of this season, has struggled with form and personal problems - including a battle with malaria - across a disappointing campaign.

Arsenal had just 28 days between seasons last August. With no international commitments and a longer break this time around, Arteta hopes Aubameyang can end in goalscoring form against Crystal Palace and Brighton before a taking time away over the summer.

“If those goals help the team to win the games then it is the ideal scenario because it gives you the last taste as a positive one,” said Arteta.

“We know that it has been a really complicated season for him for many reasons, one is a personal one which has been challenging.

“This is what it is all about in sport, when you have a difficult moment - how you react to that.

“But just advice from us is for those that have this opportunity and include the coaching staff, even myself, take that opportunity and disconnect a little bit because it has been a really demanding and challenging season and there is a lot of people, again, our close ones, they need us, and our body as well.

“Some days it is asking for something and when we have the opportunity which we didn’t have last year I think we have to take it.”

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