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Sky pundit apologises to Arsenal star after February's 'disrespectful' comments

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Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the talk of the town lately.

The Gabon star had a really poor time during our difficult run. He got back among the goals, but an underwhelming display against Manchester City last month attracted a ton of criticism from fans, pundits and the media.

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp was probably the most vocal pundit. He boldly claimed that Auba was ‘past his best’, and that annoyed a number of Arsenal supporters.

Since that comment, Auba has scored three goals in three starts. He helped Arsenal get past Benfica in the Europa League with a brilliant brace, and that made Redknapp come out and take his words back.

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He said on Sky Sports yesterday: “It was disrespectful I would say, actually. When I watched him against Manchester City he didn’t do enough, for me. I didn’t see a player who was running beyond and I didn’t see a player who had that hunger on that occasion.

“And I think I was almost like that guy in the pub who’s going ‘he’s gone’. And it was wrong, disrespectful, and I will take it back because to talk about players who have done so much in the game… you shouldn’t do that. Sometimes we get a bit emotional and a bit frustrated.

“I’m a huge fan of Aubameyang’s on and off the field. I (still) think he can do more. I feel that it is so important that player like him lead the way. When you think about some of the great strikers, every now and again they carry the team and I don’t see him doing that enough right now.

“But that’s not to say what I said at the time wasn’t wrong. It was more born out of frustration, but I will take that back because he’s a fantastic player.”

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Arsenal Insider’s view:

Not many pundits come out and admit that they were wrong, but Redknapp did yesterday, so fair play.

Aubameyang is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and a few bad games will not change that. He is one of our best players, and without him – irrespective of how well we played yesterday – we are a lot weaker.

Auba can hopefully resolve his differences with Arteta soon. We need him at his best for the upcoming games, and every Arsenal fan will be hoping that his punishment on Sunday will fire him up and bring out his absolute best in the business end of the season.

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