Arsene Wenger’s captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Premier League goalscoring record is once again under scrutiny, as the Gunners travel to Everton on Monday night.
Aubameyang has struggled mightily in recent weeks in front of goals. “Unforgivable” is what the former Gunners striker Ian Wright can call this, Thierry Henry believed something was amiss after the 32-year-old was withdrawn by Mikel Arteta with his team requiring an equalizer in the closing 11 minutes of their 3-2 defeat.
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Gary Neville says it’s going to be “a problem”
It is possible that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta could break up after Arsenal’s defeat at Everton, according to Gary Neville in an interview with the popular SG news report.
Armani manager Arteta opted for Alexandre Lacazette as his offensive primary focus over Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Monday night’s Premier League showdown at Goodison Park. Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, and Bukayo Saka rounded out Arsenal’s supporting cast.
Odegaard’s late first-half finish on Merseyside gave Arsenal the lead until Richarlison equalized in the 80th minute, and Demarai Gray grabbed a frantic injury-time winner for the Gunners.
Eddie Nketiah, who appears poised to leave Arsenal when his contract expires in the summer, was substituted ahead of Aubameyang at Goodison Park by Arteta because of his apparent miss of the season contender. A Straits Times article also talks about this in detail.
Arsenal substitute Aubameyang was finally substituted with 5 minutes to go, and that he could hardly break his goal drought, which currently runs at six matches in the Barclays Premier League (PL).
The lack of confidence is evident
All three of the Gabon striker’s current season tally in all competitions come from one game: the 6-0 Carabao Cup annihilation of Championship club West Brom in August.
Aubameyang appears to be lacking in self-belief at the moment. That’s why he had 5 goals at Old Trafford, but they all looked like they were going in with a lack of conviction. During the second half, he got a golden opportunity at the penalty spot with eight yards to go and a clear view of the goal.
News in Singapore has been circling around that although the offside flag saved Aubameyang’s blushes, his lack of confidence and calmness in front of the goal was highlighted by the goalkeeper’s save, it was a bad effort and David de Gea handled the save.
When asked by many news Singapore reporters about Thierry Henry’s criticism of his substitution of Aubameyang in the 3-2 defeat by Man Utd last week, Arteta said there was no separation with his captain, whom he added would never have been embarrassed at being pulled off as he confessed his lack of goals.
Arteta and Aubameyang’s relationship is already tense, according to Neville, and the situation will only become worse on Merseyside.
He’s being carried by Arsenal and not the other way around
When he’s not scoring, Aubameyang doesn’t offer much else for the squad to work with. Certainly, he’s still not really through it at the moment. There are times where it feels as if Arsenal are carrying him, and perhaps they would benefit from a striker with a little more to offer.
Mikel Arteta’s slump is a major concern for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta because it seemed like he had rounded a corner earlier in the season. The captain’s recent performances have raised serious concerns. As a player, Auba’s performance will always be linked to his goal-scoring ability.
If we don’t have his aims, our success will be in jeopardy. When we couldn’t accomplish it in the past few years, it was evident. What he should be aiming for is to keep doing what he’s doing and then, at the proper time, score. Don’t forget to follow us on all the up-to-date news today in Singapore.