Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been criticised by BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson for his major downturn in form since penning a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.
The 31-year-old has long been one of Arsenal’s standout players, with an impressive tally of 74 goals and 16 assists from 121 competitive games, but has struggled in recent months.
Aubameyang’s contract was the subject of much concern from fans over the summer, as it was scheduled to expire in the summer of 2021.
When the Gabon international penned a new three-year, £250,000-a-week deal in September, there was much rejoicing at the club.
However, Aubameyang’s form has since nosedived, with just one goal in his last eight Premier League games and a tally of four goals from 12 appearances this season.
Ahead of Arsenal’s trip North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Lawrenson gave his prediction on the result, believing Spurs will claim a 2-0 win.
“Arsenal don’t seem to have leaders at the moment – so when the going gets tough they don’t going,” he wrote on BBC Sport.
“Their new signing Thomas Partey looked a player in midfield, but just as he got started he got injured. They really miss him.
“And in attack, since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed his contract… has he been away? It’s just that one goal since the start of November.”
Lawrenson is not the only pundit to criticise Aubameyang in recent days – Paul Merson has described the Arsenal captain’s current form as “atrocious”.
While Aubameyang’s goal tally current makes for unpleasant reading, it’s not like he’s had much ammunition either, and the Gunners talisman is not one to feed off scraps.
Hopefully this criticism will only serve to fuel Aubameyang and, on Sunday, can silence the doubters with some much-needed goals.