Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ready to unveil new social distanced Arsenal goal celebration

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have to ditch his customary celebration with Alexandre Lacazette when the Premier League resumes
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have to ditch his customary celebration with Alexandre Lacazette when the Premier League resumes (Picture: Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have to ditch his trademark goal celebration with Alexandre Lacazette when the Premier League resumes, but the Arsenal captain promises he will have something special prepared on the next occasion he finds the back of the net.

Mikel Arteta’s side will restart their campaign against Manchester City in a fortnight’s time following a three-month break in play as result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the team’s patchy form, Aubameyang remains in contention to win a second successive Golden Boot Award with the Gabon international currently trailing the division’s top scorer Jamie Vardy by just two goals.

Aubameyang traditionally celebrates his goals with a somersault, before shaking the hand of his striker partner Alexandre Lacazette, but Premier League guidelines put in place to reduce the risk of spreading the virus will prevent the current Arsenal captain from indulging in that routine.

Asked by Matt Lucas, in an interview helping celebrate the work of Arsenal in the community, whether he had any special plans, Aubameyang said: ‘I will try some dances and some dancing stuff.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not stranger to exuberant goal celebrations
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not stranger to exuberant goal celebrations (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s going to be different than before, but for sure everybody is waiting for that. We want to play football and be back on the pitch and play our game, do our work.

‘Everybody is happy already to be back at training with everybody. We are just waiting for the Premier League to start again and try to make people happy by winning games, scoring goals and some celebrations as well.’

The trip to City represents a daunting task for an Arsenal side who harbour only remote hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and the prospect of playing behind closed doors will not render the challenge any easier, according to Aubameyang.

‘I don’t know it it will be harder or easier,’ he said. ‘But the only thing for sure I know is that they are a great team and it will be hard for sure, we don’t expect it to be easier because of no fans in the stadium.

‘We will try our best and the positive thing that I saw is that all the players in our team are in shape and are feeling well, with a lot of power and a lot of freshness. They want to play, everybody is just waiting for the referee to whistle.’

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