LONDON, Aug 30: A month that began with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang winning the FA Cup for Arsenal ended with his goals clinching the Community Shield.
Just like at the start of August for the showpiece that ended the last pandemic-disrupted season, no fans were allowed into Wembley Stadium on Saturday for this curtain-raiser to the new campaign against Liverpool.
Aubameyang is taking to playing in an empty Wembley.
The Arsenal captain scored twice in both the semifinals and final of the FA Cup. Although his opener in the Community Shield was cancelled out by Takumi Minamino�s first goal in his 15th game for Liverpool, the striker netted the spotkick that clinched a 5-4 victory over Liverpool in the shootout after the match was 1-1 after 90 minutes. Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster was the only player to fail to score in the shootout.
Now Arsenal is just waiting on Aubameyang signing a new contract as he enters the final season of his current deal.
�We�re going to see in these days,� Aubameyang said.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta seems hopeful.
�I am not worried,� Arteta said. �I am very positive he is going to sign.�
Aubameyang found the breakthrough in the 12th minute, latching onto Bukayo Saka�s diagonal pass before curling into the net.
The goal celebration was a tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died the previous day of cancer at the age of 43. Aubameyang gave the �Wakanda Forever� salute that has become a symbol to celebrate black excellence since being performed by Boseman�s character in the 2018 film, �Black Panther.�
Arsenal tweeted an image of Aubameyang folding his arms across his chest with the message: �For Chadwick.� � AP