Alan Shearer spoke on Matchday Live on Optus Sport about Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his brace against Newcastle United on Monday.
The Gabon star hasn’t looked anything like his previous self this season. Aubameyang, before Monday’s game against the Magpies, had scored just three times in the Premier League.
That is a shocking record for someone of his quality. He has lacked confidence in front of goal this term, but Shearer shares what he hasn’t stopped doing despite his terrible run.
He said: “The most important thing is that you keep getting in there. You get in there again, and again and again. t doesn’t affect them, as he did in the first half because that for that calibre of a striker is a very good opportunity. But he still gets in there.”
“In the first half, he had the defender one v one and the defender showed him on his left foot. He shepherded him away from goal. Now, that didn’t stop him from going on his left foot again. That didn’t stop him from getting in goalscoring positions.”
“You know as a forward if you stop getting in [goalscoring areas], you have no chance. Forget it. Top-quality strikers go in time and time again – he’s too good for it (his poor form) to go on.”
Auba deserves a lot of credit
Aubameyang has never been through a run as bad as this in his career. The 31-year-old has always been prolific, but his form since he signed his new contract put him in a position that was unknown for him.
He received a ton of stick from fans and pundits for his lack of goals. Some even claimed that Auba had stopped trying because he got his cash, which really is harsh on someone who has carried us for a couple of years.
Aubameyang’s first goal on Monday would have given him a ton of confidence. Mikel Arteta and Arsenal fans will be hoping he continues his form until the end of the season and beyond.