Adrian Durham has hit out at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his performance against Leeds United last weekend.
The Gabonese forward started in the number nine position for the first time this season with Mikel Arteta opting to bench Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.
Appearing on talkSPORT, the presenter claimed the central striker should be playing more like Tottenham Hotspur man Harry Kane.
He said: “I’d look at him [Aubameyang] as well who played centrally yesterday and still had very little impact and everybody said to me ‘yeah, but there’s no supply to him’ and that’s true, absolutely right. However, why doesn’t he do a Kane and really grab a hold of the game, come deep, do what he can. On £300k a week he should be.”
“If you are going to pay that kind of money to Aubameyang then you’ve got to expect him to really step up, grab the game by the scruff of the neck and do whatever he can to try and win every single game and score as many goals as possible. Not just stand there and wait for people to moan on his behalf about the lack of supply, he has got to bring more to the party.” (via talkSPORT)
How many goals will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score this season?
You can draw direct comparisons with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who is a world-class finisher, however, you rarely see the Argentine holding the ball up and bringing teammates into play like Harry Kane or even Alexandre Lacazette. Aguero has the players around him who can supply him with the ball with the knowledge that he will finish chances.
However, the fact of the matter is the Arsenal star man doesn’t have the players around him who can provide him with both the work-rate or passes to help him shine. Nicolas Pepe has rarely improved since his move to N5, as per Ian Wright. Meanwhile, Willian has been nothing short of shocking since his move from Chelsea.
Aubameyang has never been the type of player who is a brilliant all-round striker. The club would’ve known that when he was signed back in 2018. And prior to this season, he had performed admirably, why his lack of quality in other parts of the game has become a problem now is beggars belief.