Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a stunning hat-trick against Leeds United, but followed that up with two very poor performances.
He could’ve easily scored a hat-trick against Benfica last week but missed three chances that he would’ve usually buried. Auba had a tough outing against Manchester City as well, and that attracted a ton of criticism from a few pundits.
Jamie Redknapp said on Sky Sports on Sunday that Aubameyang was ‘past his best’ now. (Read the full story here) That caught many people’s attention and it looks like Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta heard about it too.
Here’s what the Gunners boss said, as per Arsenal.com: “I didn’t see those comments. I’ve heard about them.
“I’m here to support every single player and that is what I try to do all the time. I try to give them the best possible advice and when they have a difficult moment, stay right behind them and that’s what we try to do always.
“I think the best way to talk is always on the pitch. Seven days before when he scored the hat-trick and he could have scored four or five against Leeds, he was again the main man.
“He could have scored a hat-trick against Benfica easily with his qualities and it would have been different. At the end [of the day] it’s about putting the ball in the back of the net for him and that’s how he gets joy.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
It’s usual for pundits and the media to claim that a player is finished after a few bad games. Aubameyang will be the first one to admit that he has had a poor season, but let’s not get carried away here.
He is the same guy who won us games single-handedly last season. He scored a brace each in the semi-final and the final of the FA Cup, and without him, there’s no way we would’ve won that competition.
Every player goes through a bad spell. Auba has had to deal with a lot this season, both on and off the pitch. His confidence is low, but a few good games on the bounce will surely bring him back to his best. Hopefully, that starts against Benfica tomorrow.