Graeme Souness slams Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for comments after Arsenal’s win over Newcastle

first_imgGraeme Souness slams Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for comments after Arsenal’s win over Newcastle Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Feb 2020 7:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares The Gabon striker appeared to take a little dig at former boss Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Graeme Souness has slammed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Arsenal striker claimed the players have a clearer understanding of how they want to play under Mikel Arteta compared to Unai Emery.The Gunners secured a thumping 4-0 victory over Newcastle on Sunday after running riot in the second half, with Aubameyang opening the scoring, and they are now unbeaten in their last eight games.Speaking to Sky Sports afterwards, skipper Aubameyang said: ‘We feel better. We have an idea of playing. It’s very clear and we are trying to maintain this level.’ Advertisement Arsenal are yet to lose in 2020 and have improved markedly under Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘I get fed up hearing “tactics, tactics, tactics”. The first thing you have to get right: you have to have the ball. So to get the ball you have to get to it first, and then you’re in possession, and then a bit of team shape, team play, comes into action.‘But to hear people say “we now know what we’re doing”, I’m not accepting that. For a 31-year-old to say “yeah it’s now clear, we now know what we’re doing”, I am not accepting that. He knows what he has to do to be successful. He’d have known that six, seven, eight years ago.’MORE: Mikel Arteta reveals why Arsenal’s record signing Nicolas Pepe has struggled in debut seasonMORE: Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Mikel Arteta after failed Arsenal moveMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img View 4 comments Souness had not time for Aubameyang’s little dig at Emery (Picture: Sky Sports)Aubameyang’s comments echoed those of Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette, who said the team are happier now than under Emery, but Souness was furious with the remarks.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘What’s having an understanding with a manager got to do with anything?’ said the Scottish pundit on Sky Sports after Aubameyang’s interview had been shown.‘I don’t like that. I don’t like players talking like that. You know what you have to do. Okay, there’s one young player and one senior player there, Aubameyang I think he’s 31. I don’t like players talking like that. You know, you learn.’He continued: ‘When you get to a certain age you know what you have to do to be successful at this level. You have to run around with enthusiasm, you have to be aggressive, you don’t give the ball away cheaply.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘You attack things in an aggressive manner – and I’m not talking about going around fouling – just everything about Arsenal in the first half was passive. In the second half they became more aggressive, played with more passion.‘And to succeed at this level you must have all those ingredients. And then when you lose the ball you sprint back into your position. You get goal-side as quickly as you can, the basic things. Get first to the ball. Advertisementlast_img