Former Tottenham striker, Darren Bent, has questioned Mikel Arteta’s decision to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the game with Brighton last night.
The Gunners won the game 1-0 in the end, as Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to rifle in the winner at the AMEX.
However, speaking to Talksport today, Bent believes the decision to put Aubameyang straight back into the fold was the wrong call from Arteta after the brilliant display against Chelsea.
“I didn’t like the fact they put him straight back in there. I’d have made him wait on the bench,” Bent said.
“He’s been terrible this season. The team played so well against Chelsea and to disrupt that, it wasn’t the right decision. Obviously they won, but I wouldn’t have started him I’d have kept him on the bench”.
Aubameyang has been in poor form this term and has seen the likes of Martinelli, Smith-Rowe, and Saka all outdo him at times in terms of performances this term.
He does, though, remain the Gunners skipper and Mikel Arteta will be hoping a return to team form may help the Gabon star back to his best.
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Bent’s viewpoint here is fair enough in all honesty and you can see what he’s saying, given Arsenal’s youngsters impressing against Chelsea.
But Arteta will simply look at results and he won the game, with minimal fuss other than a bit of digging in to keep Brighton at bay.
Aubameyang will come good eventually, it’s just a matter of time. Obviously, the sooner the better as far as Arteta and Arsenal are concerned.