Jamie Redknapp had his say on Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang walking off the pitch in frustration after Mikel Arteta replaced him with Alexandre Lacazette for the final 12 minutes of normal time against Chelsea last night.
The former Dortmund man kept his cool in the first half to set up Emile Smith Rowe for our goal. He didn’t have a lot to do after that as Arsenal sat back and defended the one-goal lead, and Arteta decided to change things.
The Gunners boss withdrew Auba in the 78th minute and the Arsenal skipper was not happy. He seemed angry to have been coming off and he remained frustrated on the bench until the final whistle.
Jamie Redknapp: I didn’t like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s reaction
Redknapp claimed that Aubameyang shouldn’t have reacted the way he did.
He said on Sky Sports after the game: “Aubameyang’s ended up playing most of his football in the final third of his own half.
“He’s not getting the ball. You could see his frustration when he came off. I don’t like how he reacted because his team is still winning 1-0, but it’s not an easy watch.”
The Insider’s View:
Aubameyang’s reaction to Arteta substituting him was a bad one. It really doesn’t set a good example to all the kids, does it? However, his frustration is understandable considering how the game went last night.
Attackers like to attack and Auba is no different. He was forced to defend for most parts of the game and had no service whatsoever to run in behind and have a real impact in Chelsea’s final third.
Arteta was right to replace him with Lacazette’s fresh legs. We needed all the help we could possibly get to maintain our lead in the final few minutes of the game, and the Frenchman helped us achieve that.
Aubameyang’s reaction would’ve annoyed Arteta a bit, but the most important thing is the result, and we secured that last night. Let’s just move on now.
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