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Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shocking in Brighton draw

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang endured a nightmare display as Arsenal were held by Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday evening.

The Gunners still head into the international break unbeaten in five matches across all competitions, also seeing a major improvement defensively, having conceded just one goal in that run.

However, the performance from the skipper was cause for concern as he struggled to have any sort of impact on the game, meaning Mikel Arteta’s side rarely ever threatened the Seagulls.

The 32-year-old striker failed to register a single shot, on or off target, which is way below his average of 2.6 for the 2021/22 campaign.

Aside from the fact that he could not score or even threaten the opposition’s goal, the Gabon international could only muster up 23 touches of the ball – the fewest of any starter – and just six passes at an accuracy rate of 55%, as per SofaScore.

Furthermore, he did not complete a single dribble, was caught offside once by referee Jon Moss and could not create a single key chance, so not only did he struggle personally but he too was equally poor for his teammates.

That’s not what you want from your captain and it’s really no wonder he was hooked for Alexandre Lacazette after 72 minutes.

Aubameyang was weak in his battles, winning just one of six duels (16%), and thus struggling to cope with the physical threat of Graham Potter’s towering back three of Dan Burn, Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk.

It continues a worrying trend for the Gunners talisman as questions could be asked of him considering he’s only scored twice in their opening six league matches.

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The £22.5m-rated star was lambasted as “poor” by Arsenal legend Ian Wright on BBC’s Match of the Day (as relayed by the Metro).

Martin Odegaard, who was withdrawn after just an hour, received plenty of flak from the media, with the Evening Standard rating him poorly in their post-match column and commentator Alan Smith echoing such sentiments during the game.

But it was Aubameyang that badly let Arteta and the Gunners down on the south coast this weekend.

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Article title: Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shocking in Brighton draw

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