'This is my favourite role': Aubameyang tells Arteta centre-forward is his favourite position
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been talking about the differences between playing on the left-wing and in the center-forward position.
Speaking ahead of the club’s Europa League semi-final second-leg versus Villarreal, the African forward claimed his favoured position is as the striker, a position where he feels more involved in the game.
In comparison, Aubameyang claimed that when he plays on the left-wing, with his back to goal on occasions, he needs to do more to adapt.
The experienced ace has been switching between the two positions all season long, playing 19 times as a centre-forward and 14 on the left side of the attack.
And his inconsistency in playing position has translated into inconsistency in front of goal with the 31-year-old having struck just 15 times in 35 games across all competitions.
When asked about the difference between the two positions, Aubameyang said: “As a centre forward I try to be involved more in the game because the coach is expecting from our number nine to give some solutions to play during the game. So it’s a bit different when you come from the left. But I try to give my best because I know that I’m there to improve sometimes when I’m playing with my back to the goal.”
“It’s a different role. Maybe in the beginning it was a bit easier to play on the left because I have much more spaces. It’s a difficult role and I’m just happy to play centre forward because I used to play there for a few seasons. This is my favourite role and that’s it.”
TBR View: Inconsistency in positioning has hampered the forward
When the manager doesn’t know where he wants his star striker to play, how can anyone expect the player himself to be consistent on the pitch?
Arteta’s indecision over his captain’s positioning has played a huge role in his poor form in front of goal this campaign. Aubameyang’s best position has always been as a centre-forward, it’s where the ace is at his most dangerous given how lethal he is in front of goal.
However, that’s not to completely rid the former Borussia Dortmund man of any blame. His performances this season have proven lacklustre at best with his lack of energy and effectiveness in certain games proving alarming.
On the whole, a huge portion of the blame can definitely fall on the shoulders of the Spanish manager, whose decision-making has left a lot to be desired this year.
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