Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports (broadcast on 21/2; 18:54) that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now looks as though he is going to get bullied as he suggested that the Arsenal captain appears to be past his best.
It has been an underwhelming season for the 31-year-old. He has scored eight goals in the Premier League.
He has scored in just four different top flight games since the start of November. Admittedly, one of those games saw the skipper score a hat-trick. But he needs an unbelievable end to the campaign to get anywhere near his tally of 22 goals from last season.
And judging by Redknapp’s comments following Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, it appears that the pundit is not expecting the forward to kick on.
“Aubameyang’s past his best. He’s going to have moments. He’s going to get his hat-tricks. When I watch him sometimes, it’s like he’s lost his superpower,” he told Sky Sports. “You’d see him run past people when he first came to the Premier League. I’ve seen him run past people at Dortmund.
“I’m seeing now a player who looks like he’s going to get bullied on every occasion, and he’s your leading light.
“The likes of Saka and Smith Rowe, they’re the ones leading the way. The other players, I feel, have got to step up more.”
It must be noted that Aubameyang has not had an easy time away from the pitch lately. He has only recently returned to the fold after a spell out of the side due to a family problem.
That should arguably be taken into consideration when his form is assessed. But he has not been as impressive this season.
And given his age, that may well be a concern for Mikel Arteta. But if there is any player who has the quality to silence their doubters emphatically, it may well be Aubameyang.