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Hasenhuttl wary of Aubameyang threat

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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen for history to not repeat itself with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of their clash against Arsenal today

The Gabon striker scored six times in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund against Hasenhuttl, while he coached Ingolstadt and RB Leipzig in Germany.

Now the Austrian hopes his Southampton team will be able to cut off Aubameyang’s supply-line in what he expects will be a difficult afternoon at St Mary’s.

“Aubameyang has a lot of qualities and therefore we have to work as a team,” said Hasenhuttl, according to BT Sport.

“It will depend on how much pressure (we put) on guys that want to pass to him.

“Maybe don’t give too much time to these guys to put the perfect pass then it’s easier to defend his qualities – his speed, his heading in the box.

“That is our goal to defend him and the rest of the team.

“But he doesn’t need a lot of chances to score, as everyone knows.”

Aubameyang is the Premier League’s joint leading scorer with 10 goals with Arsenal unbeaten in their last 22 games in all competitions.