talkSPORT pundit Darren Bent has suggested Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has stopped working as hard off the ball since singing his new contract.
The Gabon superstar is going through a tough period at the moment, with goals hard to come by.
The 31-year-old has bagged just three times this term, with only one those coming from open play in the Premier League.
The usually prolific striker has been criticised for his form, which seems to have coincided with him signing a £250,000-a-week contract extension in September.
In the eyes of Bent, Aubameyang is no longer busting a gut for the Gunners.
✍️ “He was superb until he signed his deal so we think it can’t be his fault.”
😡 “His confidence may be low but he can still put effort in!”
😩 “He’s probably asking if he did the right thing in signing a new deal.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 1, 2020
He said on talkSPORT this morning: “When you look at Aubameyang’s performances before he signed the contract, he was running after everything, he was tracking back, putting tackles in. People didn’t really speak about their creativity then because he was doing so much. He was going above and beyond so people expected that to continue.
“He started against Fulham, superb again and got this contract and he just seems to have come away from it a little bit.
“I understand that strikers go through patches in their career where you’re not quite scoring goals and confidence is low but you can still put effort in, work rate in and I think right now questions have to be asked.”
TBR’s View – Aubameyang must stand up
It is not a good period for Aubameyang, who has cut a frustrated figure in recent weeks.
To suggest that the player has stopped working though seems a little harsh from Bent.
He’ll be as frustrated as anyone, but those kind of things are not his primary job. At the moment, Arsenal are really struggling to score goals, and Aubameyang needs to be in the right positions when the chances do come.
There will be even more frustration if he’s coming deep in search of the ball, then the chance comes and there is no one in the box to convert.