MIKEL ARTETA has NO hope of finding a replacement to match wantaway star striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang as he shone at centre-stage once again.
The Gabon ace’s cool finish over Norwich made him the fastest player in the club’s history to score 50 Premier League goals.
He has even pipped club legend Thierry Henry by four games to reach the milestone – with his 79 appearances.
The lethal marksman was directly involved in teeing up Granit Xhaka for the Gunners’ second and made no mistake in slotting past Tim Krul to take his season tally to 22.
It comes as no surprise that Emirates bigwigs are desperate for the Gabon golden boy to commit his future to the Emirates as he enters the final 12 months of his deal.
And could they really cope without him?
His masterclass over the Canaries effectively signalled to Europe’s finest: Come and get me – as Barcelona, Real Madrid Chelsea and PSG wait tentatively in the wings.
Surely now the cash-strapped North Londoners will raid the piggy bank and turf out valuable assets this summer to put a worthy deal on the table for the marksman – who recently confirmed he is yet to receive new terms.
After all it is the striker’s impressive goal tally that has largely helped the North Londoners cling on to hopes of nabbing a spot in Europe as they look to rebuild for the future.
Auba has become disillusioned with the lack of success at Arsenal and wants to move to a club where he has more chance of winning trophies.
But maybe the well-oiled collective performance of tonight shows that the Gunners are on the right track.
Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos perfectly pulled the strings in the middle, whipping in gorgeous passes to his teammates.
His twinkle-toes danced in and out of the Canaries who were forced to clumsily foul the Spaniard to stop him breaking free.
It seems a major blow that the North Londoners are not looking to buy the Los Blancos ace on a permanent basis as he has really kicked into gear.
He bagged the important injury time winner over Sheffield United last time out and has injected much needed creativity into the Gunners as they begin to find their feet since the restart with their third win.
The rebuild continues for Arteta as he has gladly welcomed pacey wing-backs Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin who have returned from their injuries.
The rapid defenders wreaked havoc for Norwich on the flanks and guided Arsenal to a much needed recovery win which has sent them up to seventh in the table.