Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang warns Arsenal team-mates about Allan Saint-Maximin ahead of Newcastle clash

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang knows Arsenal must be wary of Allan Saint-Maximin
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang knows Arsenal must be wary of Allan Saint-Maximin (Picture: Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has warned his Arsenal team-mates that Allan Saint-Maximin will pose a huge ‘threat’ for Newcastle with ‘great skills and pace’ at the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta will be desperate for all three points on Sunday afternoon after just one win from his opening seven matches as Arsenal head coach.

The Gunners have drawn their last four games in the Premier League which sees them languishing down in 11th, ten points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

A victory for Newcastle will see them leapfrog in the table and Saint-Maximin’s performance in north London will likely be key for the visitors.

Saint-Maximin has had an impressive debut season at Newcastle
Saint-Maximin has had an impressive debut season at Newcastle (Picture: Getty)

Saint-Maximin has had an impressive debut season for the Magpies after arriving from Nice last summer and Aubameyang believes Arsenal’s defenders must be wary of the French winger.

‘Newcastle are a solid side. I expect them to play quite deep so we will need to find a way of unlocking their back five,’ the Arsenal captain said ahead of the match.

‘But also be careful not to give them too much space on the counter, especially if Allan Saint Maximin is playing.

‘He is a threat. I know him very well as he was at the Saint-Etienne academy when I was at the club. He used to come and train with us in the first team. He has great skills and pace too.

‘But we are home and we have the belief that we will win with 1,000% commitment and motivation.’

Aubameyang’s strike partner, Alexandre Lacazette, is confident Arsenal will make a ‘big improvement’ in the coming weeks after a shaky start to the campaign.

‘There is a lot of change we are more together,’ he said on The Football Report.

‘The way we think on the pitch and outside the pitch tactically I think we are better.

‘You are going to see a big improvement in the next few weeks.’

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