Bukayo Saka has revealed how much of a demanding figure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can be in the Arsenal dressing room.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can cut a tough figure during matches and tries his best to toughen up the younger Arsenal players, says Bukayo Saka.
The promising youngster has played regularly alongside the Gunners captain since he made his first-team debut in 2018. The pair have been two of the most consistent players over recent seasons.
Saka says the Gabonese forward is an inspiring figure who helps to bring the best out of him. Alongside that, Aubameyang is never afraid to lash out at his teammates if their performances are below standard.
“Every time I played with him I’ve always had so much confidence,” Saka told beIN Sports of Aubameyang’s leadership qualities.
“Sometimes he would tell you, you would have to pass to him and if you make a mistake then he can be quite angry.
“But the game where I scored my first goal for Arsenal against Frankfurt, before the game he said to me, ‘Bukayo, you know you’re very good player. If you’re there in front of goal and you want to shoot – shoot! I’m not going to say anything’.
“My parents love him so much as well!”
Since taking the Arsenal armband role, Aubameyang has stepped up his leadership game and has received lots of praise from fellow Arsenal teammates.
The 31-year-old continues to be Arsenal’s main source of goals since his arrival in the Premier League in January 2018. So far, he has scored 84 goals in 138 games across all competitions.