‘We have to play hard’ – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang calls on Arsenal team-mates to step up against Liverpool

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang speaks to Arsenal's website ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged his team-mates to ‘play hard’ against Liverpool (Picture: Arsenal)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes Arsenal can lay down a marker with a positive result at Liverpool this evening but says the team will have to ‘play hard’ to have any chance of beating the Premier League champions.

Third-placed Arsenal sit one spot above Liverpool in the table on goal difference and will fancy their chances at Anfield after back-to-back victories over London rivals Fulham and West Ham.

The Gunners can take encouragement from the fact they came out on top in an entertaining Community Shield encounter at Wembley last month, where Aubameyang scored a stunning 12th-minute opener.

Aubameyang celebrates with the Community Shield after Arsenal's win over Liverpool
Aubameyang scored a brilliant goal as Arsenal beat Liverpool to win the Community Shield (Picture: Getty)

But Jurgen Klopp’s men will also be full of confidence after three wins on the spin in all competitions – and Arsenal’s captain and talisman knows they will have to be at their best on Merseyside.

Asked whether tonight’s clash can be a marker for the rest of Arsenal’s campaign, Aubameyang told the club’s official website: ‘Yes, even if it’s maybe early in the season.

‘But it’s still a big game so we’re going to see if we’re ready to compete and to see that we started well.

‘We have to play hard and that’s it.’

Aubameyang poses with Arteta after signing a new contract
The forward put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at Arsenal earlier this month (Picture: Getty)

The Gabon striker insists every member of Arsenal’s squad is pushing in the same direction under Mikel Arteta’s leadership.

‘Since he came, he brings that atmosphere that everyone feels like they’re at home – so we have to do homework as well!’ Aubameyang joked.

‘I think the mentality around the club is going very well and everyone is going on the same way. That’s really important.

‘Everyone has this objective, the goal to bring the club back to where it belongs.’

Aubameyang is hoping to emulate club legends Ian Wright, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry after signing a new long-term contract and putting an end to the speculation surrounding his future earlier this month.

‘I think everyone remembers them because they had this charisma and I think everyone respects them here at the club and of course in the world of football,’ he said.

‘I’ve been watching a few videos and I saw Henry playing so I have a lot of respect for them.

‘They inspire me and I want to become like them.’

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