Mikel Arteta dedicates Arsenal win to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with skipper absent for personal reasons

Simon Collings
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Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s win against Southampton last night was dedicated to captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The forward missed the win at St. Mary’s due to “personal family reasons”, having also been absent for Saturday’s FA Cup defeat against the same opponents.

Without Aubameyang, Arsenal claimed a 3-1 win on Tuesday night and Arteta says the victory was for the team’s skipper.

Asked if there was an update when Aubameyang would return, Arteta said: “No, but I loved how they [the players] support each other and how they protect each other.

“Auba is having a difficult time and we are all behind him. This win was for him.”

Arsenal’s win means they are now eighth in the Premier League and Arteta added: “Winning a football game brings confidence. We were doing things right but losing games. It is a lot of things.

“There were phases of play we completely dominated and we looked comfortable and scored some good goals because it is complicated to win here.”

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