Arsenal striker Welbeck relishing competition with Auba & Lacazette

Forced absence from Europa League frustrates Aubameyang

The Gabonese striker completed a club-record £56m move to the Emirates in January to fill in for the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

Pic: Getty ImagesPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has offered his backing to under-fire Arsene Wenger, insisting the manager is the reason he joined Arsenal. With Europa League remaining as Gunners' only trophy target this season as they struggle for Champions League qualification through top four contentions in the Premier League.

The club host AC Milan, where Aubameyang's career started, on Thursday, with the striker ineligible to play.

"It's competition and I embrace it", Welbeck said. I have to deal with it.

"He had the interest in me so I am happy to play for him".

"When I was in Dortmund, I was playing every three days but now I play once a week or have a long time between games".

The victory ended a three-game Premier League losing streak for the Gunners and was a much-needed win to boost morale at the club.

His third goal of the campaign came in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend, a goal set up by his former Dortmund team mate and fellow new arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but now he must wait three weeks until his next appearance.

"He's wearing that number 14 shirt [Thierry Henry], he's not really covered it in glory yet, if I'm honest".

"I thought he would come into the Premier League - I think he's nearly caught the bug of what has happened to the rest of the players, a lack of confidence, not really playing with any zip that we expect him to come into this league".

"It was a bit hard at the beginning but I am feeling better".

"Now I am feeling better".

The forward has been left annoyed by the ruling that does not allow him to compete in the Europa League for Arsenal.

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