Tim Sherwood has told Premier League Productions – as per the Metro – that Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a schoolboy error against Aston Villa for Trezeguet’s goal, which eventually won the match.
Aubameyang lined up against Villa defender Tyrone Mings from a corner after 27 minutes and replays showed the two sharing a joke. The Gunners skipper was clearly laughing, before Mings used it as a distraction.
He quickly made a run to get past Aubameyang with the Gunners skipper still smiling, getting a crucial flick on to Trezeguet who slammed the ball past Emi Martinez. Villa earned a crucial 1-0 win, taking them out of the drop zone.
Sherwood claimed that Aubameyang fell for a schoolboy trick and criticised the Arsenal captain for his lack of concentration, which saw Villa leapfrog Watford – who suffered a 4-0 defeat to Manchester City.
“It’s ‘we’ll have a little joke about’ but Mings is more alert, he goes ‘ta-ta, see you later, I’m going to go near post I’m going to flick this on and you’re going to be 1-0 down,” Sherwood said.
“[Aubameyang’s] sleeping. That’s not good enough. That’s just like a schoolboy having a joke with his friend. Mings knew what he was doing because what he was doing was luring him in and then he was gone.”
TBR’s view – Is Aubameyang’s head at Arsenal – or elsewhere?
Aubameyang was excellent against Manchester City and it is clear that he thrives on the big occasion. Despite Arsenal’s poor season, the Gunners have the chance to go and win a major trophy – if they beat Chelsea.
Finishing in the Europa League remains a possibility. If Aubameyang does not have his head screwed on, then he really should – as the Gunners still have plenty to play for. His mistake against Villa was unforgivable.