Andy Cole thinks Arsenal star produced his 'best game' for a 'long time' in NLD
Andy Cole has told the Kelly & Wrighty Show that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced his “best game” for a long time last Sunday.
Aubameyang, 32, scored his fifth goal of the season for Arsenal in the North London derby. The Gunners beat Tottenham 3-1 at The Emirates.
The Arsenal skipper was criticised for much of last season – ever since he signed a new contract with the Gunners. Many think he put his feet up.
But others argue that Aubameyang being played from the left flank means he was being used out of position – often seen defending in his own half.
At 32, he needs to be up top – using his limited energy to score. Cole thinks so, claiming Aubameyang produced his best display on Sunday in a while.
“With Aubameyang, play him in his right position – he will score goals. But you can’t have one of your best players playing on the left, chasing back.
“You take away why you signed him. On Sunday, he played in his position. That was his best game for Arsenal for some time. He wants to do well.”
Cole on Aubameyang: Arsenal skipper climbing back to his best?
Aubameyang has adapted his game. Now at 32, he needs to conserve his energy – as aforementioned – and be intelligent enough to use it wisely.
At Dortmund and in his early time at Arsenal, he still had the legs to chase the channels, hassle lost causes and win the ball back.
Now, he doesn’t do that – or he shouldn’t. He can initiate a press, but only when he has legs around him. On Sunday, he had that.
The three behind him are a combined age of 63, in Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith-Rowe. They can help Aubameyang press.
But his best trait is his finishing. His goal on Sunday was a tricky one to finish; he made it look easy. Aubameyang is a different version, of himself.
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