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‘Frustrates me’: Pundit says underperforming Arsenal star reminds him of Ozil

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‘Frustrates me’: Pundit says underperforming Arsenal star reminds him of Ozil

Criticism continues to come in for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his limp performance against Liverpool on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta’s men meekly surrendered against the champions, and their captain has come in for his share of flak following the 3-0 defeat.

Former Liverpool man Jermaine Pennant cast doubt on his leadership qualities while speaking to talkSPORT, and Tony Cascarino has weighed in with some negative words of his own on the same station.

The Gabon international has scored just nine times in the Premier League this season, and his lack of goals is a major factor in Arsenal being stuck in tenth place, two points behind an Aston Villa side that has a game in hand.

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Cascarino, who played for Villa as well as the likes of Marseille and Celtic, has compared the 31-year-old unfavourably with fellow Premier League strikers Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero.

He also referenced former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil,  and not in a positive manner.

He said: “Aubameyang was nearly playing behind (Kieran) Tierney.

“He does frustrate me anyway because I do think he’s one of those players where I look at him and think ‘your numbers, are they an illusion?’ Because that is the only argument.

“He reminds me of a second Ozil where it’s going. He’s 31 years old, he’s 32 in June.

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“I remember having a conversation about Aubameyang and the only debate and why you always get concerned about being critical of him, his numbers tell you he’s a great striker and gets lots of goals but to me I just don’t see a team player there. I just don’t.

“Christophe Galtier at Lille, he’s the manager. I was with him at Marseille. He had Aubameyang at Saint-Etienne and his goal ratio was one in two or close to one in two.

“He played at Monaco, he played for a few French clubs in his career and there has always been a bit of a myth about him, I say a myth but, a lot of people have never quite known, well, everyone knows he’s a great goalscorer.

“He always gets a good return but they have never quite known how good of a player he really is.

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“I think he’s, how do I say this, the numbers guy with the best goal stats, or one of the best, but he’s actually the worst player than a lot of other goalscorers.

“You get all these goalscorers, like Aguero gets goals and Vardy gets goals, and many others but I think he’s a far worse team player than any of them.”

Arsenal have a chance to bounce back on Thursday when they take on Slavia Prague in the Europa League.

 

 

 

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