Bukayo Saka says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang “can be quite angry” during matches but always gives him “so much confidence” on the pitch for Arsenal.
Saka has played regularly alongside the Gunners’ goalscoring talisman since his promotion to the Arsenal first team in 2018 and has formed a productive bond with his captain.
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And the 19-year-old insists the Gabon striker is always working to get the best out of him despite occasionally getting “angry” in the heat of the battle.
“Every time I played with him I’ve always had so much confidence,” Saka told beIN Sports.
“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!”
Aubameyang has scored 84 goals in 138 games for Arsenal since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
But only 14 of those have come in 2020-21, with the Arsenal skipper struggling for both form and fitness this season.
With his lack of goals Arsenal have endured a disappointing Premier League season.
Having finished the last campaign on a high – beating Chelsea to win the FA Cup – Mikel Arteta’s side were expected to kick on this season but are currently languishing in tenth place ahead of the north London derby on Sunday.
But Saka has backed Arteta’s project and insists he is helping him to become a better play.
“He’s always telling me how to be one step ahead of the opponents and always try to be proactive instead of reactive,” Saka added on his manager.
“That means instead of reacting, always being ahead of the game and trying to read where the space is going to be and be there a step earlier so that I can have a bit more time.”