Premier League – Before Manchester United-Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the incomprehensible breakdown


It is an action which, in itself, perfectly symbolizes the situation in which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finds himself. Last Saturday, when Arsenal sieged the area of ​​Newcastle and insisted on opening the scoring just before the break, the former Stéphanois found himself in a dream position. He was alone, about two meters from the opposing goal. Martin Dubravka, who had just turned his head away from Emile Smith-Rowe, was no longer in a position to hamper him. In short, the Gabonese international just had to push the ball into the net. Except that he lacked precision, shipping the leather to the post.

This failure, improbable on the part of a scorer of such caliber, certainly did not prevent the Gunners from bending the Magpies (2-0) and confirming their good comeback in the standings. The London club, which started the year with three losses in a row and now finds itself in contact with the Top 4 before challenging Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday (9.15 p.m.). Of course, « PEA » is not for nothing in the renewal of form of his team, on the contrary. But it is clear that the trigger number 1 of the Canonniers has jammed: only four goals scored in 12 matches played, and none in the last four meetings.

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Aira’s form is always tied to the goals he scores

Aubameyang is going through a period of scarcity which allows doubt to set in, as evidenced by his two recently missed penalties against Aston Villa (3-1) and Watford (1-0). A failure that is difficult to understand, and all the more so as several elements should be of a nature to comfort the person concerned. Starting with the unwavering confidence that his coach has in him, who even gave him the captain’s armband in the absence of Granit Xhaka. « Aua’s form is always linked to the goals he scores », noted Mikel Arteta on Wednesday, when the subject was discussed at a press conference.

« On the pitch he does a lot more than that, but obviously we need his contribution because his goals are crucial to our success. continued the Spanish technician. It has been seen in recent years, and it must remain his goal: to continue doing everything he is currently doing and then, when the time is right, to put the ball in the net.  » The Gunners coach also persists in aligning the Hawk in a position of axial attacker, he who can also evolve on the wings. Ideal, therefore, to benefit from the centers of Bukayo Saka and others and to inflate his stats.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

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Meanwhile, Lacazette is discreet

Whether Arteta opts for a 4-4-1-1 or a 4-4-2, the 32-year-old is systematically established at the forefront. « I am convinced that our plan gives it more freedom, to attack spaces more often », supported his trainer. And too bad if this leads Alexandre Lacazette to spend most of his time on the bench. It must be said that for the moment, the French center-forward hardly manages to shine enough to challenge the established hierarchy (only one goal in the Premier League this season). And this is another factor that should help boost the morale of the ex-Green.

Even if he is going through a slump, Aubameyang has everything to regain his colors: the confidence of his trainer, a position on the field which is advantageous and a competition which struggles to assert his arguments. It remains to adjust the sights, now. If he succeeds and the young London guard continues on his irresistible momentum, then Arsenal will undoubtedly become an even more credible contender for Europe.

Pierre-Emerick with Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)

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