Alan Smith praises the Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they begin to thrive under Unai Emery

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Aubameyang and Ozil are starting to click on the field for the Gunners

Alan Smith praised the director of Arsenal Unai Emery for the development of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners have turned six English clubs into the quarter-finals of the European competition, reversing a deficit to beat Rennes in their Europa League clash.

Unai Emery revitalized Ozil and Aubameyang according to Smith

Unai Emery revitalized Ozil and Aubameyang according to Smith

After losing 3-1 in northwestern France last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored only his second Arsenal goal to secure a 3-0 win on Thursday.

Gabon international, which produced a mad celebration of the "Black Panther" in the Arab Emirates, has now scored 22 goals in all competitions this season.

Equipped with predatory instincts and fast-paced rhythm, the former striker of Arsenal Smith believes that Aubameyang shows his talent and has fun with football under Emery.

He revealed on talkSPORT 2: "It is quite surprising that he has never arrived in England before, we have known all about his poaching ability, his ability to collect goals in the seasons and is doing it once more.

The Arsenal duo celebrates after the victory at Rennes

The Arsenal duo celebrates after the victory at Rennes

"It is one of those attackers who is always in that position in the box and in the box from six yards like last night to touch the house.

"He has a nose for objective.

"You are enjoying life in London it seems that you have developed a good friendship with Alexandre Lacazette – both on and off the field.

"He looks like a happy player, and a happy player is normally a good player, a successful one."

Smith scored 86 goals in 264 games with the Gunners

Smith scored 86 goals in 264 games with the Gunners

In contrast, Mesut Ozil sometimes struggled in the last year.

After a first exit from the World Cup with Germany, the midfielder then withdrew from international service after being abused.

At the club level, his relationship with the new Gunners boss seemed at times tense and the 30-year-old was completely eliminated from the team.

But now, Smith believes that Emery's methods end up turning to Ozil.


"Slowly but surely, Unai Emery is going through her methods," he added.

"The players are buying this, Mesut Ozil looks like a different player now without the ball.

"Without the ball he is not switching off, he is putting in a turn for the team."

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