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Arteta urges Arsenal forwards to step up and replace suspended Aubameyang

Arteta urges Arsenal forwards to step up and replace suspended Aubameyang

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has called on his players to "step up" and fill the goalscoring void left by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's absence after the forward's three-match ban was upheld.

The Arsenal captain and top scorer was sent off on Saturday after his tackle on Meyer was upgraded from a yellow card to a red by video assistant referee Craig Pawson.

"It's an action that is completely accidental, in my opinion". Auba is a very important player.

"Players have to step up".

One supporters even claimed they would rather re-sign retired defender Sebastien Squillaci, who was a former player under Arsene Wenger and a catastrophe at the back.

Aubameyang will miss Saturday's home match against Sheffield United and Arsenal's trip to Chelsea, as well as their FA Cup fourth-round tie at Bournemouth. "I understand that they're a huge football club but, in terms of where James Maddison is at this moment in time, I think he's better off staying at Leicester certainly until the end of the season and then weigh things up again then".

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Manchester City's John Stones, with whom Arteta worked at the Etihad Stadium, but he said there would be no move for the England worldwide.

"When I look at centre-backs he has many attributes that I like from one, but we're not interested".

The report continues that Arteta is eager to sign a new defender in the January transfer window to bolster his back four ahead of the final months of the Premier League season.

"We have a lot of issues at the back", said the Gunners' boss. We have to live with it, this is what we have.

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