Arsenal legend Ian Wright helped inspire Aubameyang and Lacazette back to goals with pep talk earlier this week

ARSENAL legend Ian Wright helped get the Gunners firing on all cylinders against Newcastle.

Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang revealed he and strike partner Alexandre Lacazette had been inspired after a pep-talk from the club icon.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang revealed he and strike partner Alexandre Lacazette were inspired after a pep-talk from club legend Ian Wright

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Mikel Arteta’s side sit tenth in the league – remarkably closer to the relegation zone than the top four – and host Newcastle this afternoon.

But goals from Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Lacazette helped the club to their first win since New Year’s Day.

And top goalscorer Aubameyang – who has not played at home since beating Manchester United – received some words of inspiration heading into the game by Arsenal icon Wright.

Aubameyang told the club programme: “On Thursday, I spent quite a lot of time with Ian Wright.

“It’s always a pleasure to see him and to chat to him. He is an icon and inspiration for me and everyone at the club and around the club.

“I admire him as a man and as an Arsenal legend. He was so, so good on the pitch but also really chilled.

“He has the same mentality that Laca and I have, that’s why we get on so well.”

Newcastle have not been beaten in the league since the start of the year when they were hammered 3-0 by Champions League chasers Leicester.

Steve Bruce’s men shocked Chelsea with a last-gasp winner last month, as winger Allan Saint-Maximin provided the assist with a cross.

But Aubameyang has warned his team-mates of Saint-Maximin’s danger on the counter attack, with experience playing with the Frenchman at Saint-Etienne.

He said: “Newcastle are a solid side. I expect them to play quite deep so we will need to find a way of unlocking their back five.

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“But also be careful not to give them too much space on the counter, especially if Allan Saint-Maximin is playing.

“He is a threat. I know him very well as he was at the Saint-Etienne academy when I was at the club. He used to come and train with us in the first team. He has great skills and pace too.

“But we are home and we have the belief that we will win with 1,000 per cent commitment and motivation.”


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