Arsenal to assess Aubameyang's fitness ahead of Everton clash

  • Arsenal to assess Aubameyang's fitness ahead of Everton clash

Arsenal to assess Aubameyang's fitness ahead of Everton clash

The Germany global put pen to paper on an expensive new deal to commit his future to the Gunners, in what was an exciting January transfer window for Arsenal fans.

The swaggering show from the former Borussia Dortmund teammates was a much-needed boost for Arsenal boss Wenger after a hard January that saw Alexis Sanchez force through a move to Manchester United, while the north Londoners struggled on the pitch.

Ozil will likely be joined by new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan when the Gunners take on Everton at the Emirates on Saturday.

He could make his debut against Everton this weekend, if he can overcome a bout of illness, but Neville fears that Arsenal are now a bit to top-heavy, having failed to strengthen their at times brittle defence.

"Mesut has committed his future to the club in a period where we are in a tricky position on that front, in qualifying for the Champions League", revealed Wenger.

"What I expect from him is to lead the team to success [on the pitch]". He can be the technical leader of the team. He is naturally a focal point because they give him naturally the ball. We want to go in the top four.

"I don't reassure people because I think we are in a competitive world", Wenger said.

Wenger said: "That's our DNA".

The big Czech goalkeeper may have made an uncharacteristic mistake in Arsenal's loss to Swansea this month, but he still remains a solid pair of hands at the back at his best. "That's not only defensively but offensively, we don't score enough goals".

"We needed strengthening because we have to improve our defensive numbers to make the top four".

Arsenal haven't added more goals to their armoury, they have taken them away and tried to replace them with a formula we aren't aware will work yet.

"I was watching the game against Swansea thinking: 'You're going to pay £60m for another centre-forward when you've already got a £40m forward in Lacazette, who isn't going to get a game now?'"

However, they have conceded 34 league goals, more than any of the five sides above them. That is our basic problem.

"First we had to agree the transfer deal with them and then after that we had to wait for them to find somebody who could replace him".