Jamie Carragher claimed on Sky Sports last night that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has ‘another Mesut Ozil situation’ at the Emirates.
The Gunners have been at the centre of criticism since losing terribly to Liverpool on Saturday. Every player deserved the criticism they got, but it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was enemy number one to most pundits.
Like most of his teammates, Auba didn’t do much against the Premier League champions. He was mostly a passenger throughout the game, and that has, sadly, been a common theme over the last few months.
Carragher did not hold back while speaking about Aubameyang. He labelled the Arsenal skipper as ‘lazy’ and claimed that Arteta is having ‘another Mesut Ozil situation’ with the Gabon star since he signed his new big-money deal.
He said: “I think Aubameyang’s performances this season have been lazy, at times. I don’t care how many goals he gets – he’s won Golden Boots in the past – but he’s definitely a player who doesn’t bring anything to this team if he doesn’t score a goal, and that’s a big problem.
“I think there will be a big worry at Arsenal and for Mikel Arteta that they may have another Mesut Ozil situation where they give someone a big contract at £300,000 or £350,000-a-week. Good luck to him, but you’ve got to justify that.
“Next season and in these coming months that will be going through the manager’s mind. Have we got another situation like that because what he is producing right now is nowhere near good enough considering how good a player he is and also what Arsenal have invested in him.”
The Insider’s View:
It really is a shock to see how poor Aubameyang has been since signing his new contract. The Arsenal skipper has never had a run of games as bad as this in his entire career, and he, like most of us, must be wondering why things are going against him.
Auba is on a huge contract and what he did for us in the two years before he signed his new deal warranted that kind of money. However, his performances this season just don’t justify that, and that is a big problem for Arsenal.
The former Dortmund man really stepped up at this stage last season. He led us to FA Cup glory almost on his own and if he can find a way to do the same in the Europa League in the coming weeks, his shocking displays over the last eight months will be forgotten.