Arsenal put in a poor display against Manchester City last night, and one of the most disappointing aspects of the defeat was the anonymous performance from captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Despite playing the full 90 minutes, the 31-year-old hardly had a kick throughout the game and was unable to hold up the ball to ease the pressure on the Gunners’ defence.
After a bad night against Benfica last week, where he missed a number of chances, supporters on Twitter are beginning to worry about Aubameyang’s poor form again:
I can literally not tell that he is on the pitch
— Bigbean (@bigbeankip) February 21, 2021
It’s like playing with 10 men when he’s playing like this
— TorontoBwana (@BwanaToronto) February 21, 2021
Moving like ozil
— * (@UTDvishal) February 21, 2021
Him and bellerin need to be sat next to willian
— Fred (@Fredinredd) February 21, 2021
Auba just waits till he gets the ball, he should make himself available and ask for it
— CB18 (@AFC_030) February 21, 2021
Auba honestly runs like a headless chicken most of the time. Can’t create anything on his own, need players to directly create chances for him in the box
— 🌶 (@bukayo7saka) February 21, 2021
Auba is useless as a striker in these games. Need Laca or martinelli who press & hold the ball up with some conviction. He’s not even making any runs in behind. Was the exact same against Benfica
— Harji (@HarjSidhu10) February 21, 2021
Two poor games now. Isn’t offering enough as a striker
— Talk of Arsenal (@TalkofArsenal) February 21, 2021
Besides finishing, he never impacts games. If he isn't on the scoresheet we might as well have played 10v11.
— T̶r̶e̶ ̶E̶n̶g̶l̶e̶ (@tre_engle) February 21, 2021
He can’t hold up the ball like Laca can
— David Mcardle (@DavidMcardle19) February 21, 2021
Time to admit Laca is a better footballer than auba ?
— Bran Ohiwerei (@BOhiwerei) February 21, 2021
Order looked to have been restored when Aubameyang scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over Leeds just over a week ago but the Gabonese international’s inconsistent finishing and his lack of impact on games has got fans questioning his inclusion in the starting eleven once more.
Manager Mikel Arteta opted not to sub Aubameyang yesterday, despite the player being nowhere near his best, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll be selected for the second leg against Benfica on Thursday.