Tony Cascarino has claimed in his Times column that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be the first player to leave Arsenal if he was in charge, describing the Gunners captain’s attitude as “disgusting”.
Aubameyang, 30, has been in excellent form for Arsenal this season – netting 13 goals in 19 league and cup appearances, 100 of which have come in the Premier League. He has even been handed the Arsenal captaincy, replacing Granit Xhaka.
The former Borussia Dortmund ace has taken his tally to 54 in an Arsenal shirt, clocking 84 matches in total. He has still scored goal after goal in a struggling Arsenal side, that have lacked cohesion and quality at both ends of the pitch.
He scored Arsenal’s third goal on Monday night against West Ham aftern Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe had cancelled out Angelo Ogbonna’s opener, but Times pundit and former Chelsea ace Cascarino branded him “lazy”.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored last night but he really hurts Arsenal with his poor attitude. People talk about his goalscoring record — and it is indeed very good — but he needs to be a team player,” Cascarino said.
“Last night he was just letting opposing defenders head the ball away without even making a challenge. Along with Mesut Özil, he is the laziest player in the side. His work ethic for a senior player is bordering on disgusting.
“Last week against Brighton & Hove Albion he remonstrated with Joe Willock, his young colleague, when he should be encouraging him. He would be the first one out of the club if it was up to me.”
TBR’s view – Even if Aubameyang’s attitude is poor, he is indispensable
Yes, perhaps the Gabonese attacker is guilty of boasting a poor attitude and demeanour in an Arsenal shirt. But it must be remembered that most Arsenal players do, given their lack of form and a lack of connection with Unai Emery.
Even if that is true, Aubameyang is still far too good to sell. He is scoring goals for fun in a side that are struggling to win matches, and that means Arsenal need to do everything they can to keep the £200k-a-week star (Spotrac).