After the highs of scoring in the FA Cup final and Community Shield triumphs, it’s fair to say this season hasn’t quite panned out as how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would have wanted it.
The Arsenal striker has struggled to replicate the kind of stellar form that propelled him close to the Premier League’s Golden Boot award last year, managing just three goals in 14 games in the top-flight.
The Gabon international had been missing from action for the Gunners’ past two games due to injury, but returned to the starting line-up against Brighton on Wednesday night.
And it was a performance that would have left Mikel Arteta incredibly frustrated.
As per Sofascore, he managed just 18 passes over the course of the game, struggling to get involved, and then spurning his chances when he eventually got them.
A couple of times he got into promising opportunities, none more so than when Bukayo Saka sent in a delicious low cross, only for Aubameyang’s first-time effort to be saved by the feet of the Brighton goalkeeper.
Coming up against Brighton’s formidable looking back-three, the £36m-rated ace seemed to get lost, losing 78% of his total duels too.
It led to many Gunners fans take to Twitter to call on the striker to even be sold.
Auba useless again tonight, id sell him too. Saka was class though
— Stephen Rafferty (@StephenRaff3) December 29, 2020
— Pablo (@RedArmyT) December 29, 2020
I agree, we need a striker who can link play, be a target man etc. Simply a very complete forward. For example like Isak. We should sell both Auba and Laca
— Aouartist (@AwarEsque) December 29, 2020
Auba just nicking a living. Bench that guy or sell him!
— 🖊️ Stephen (@Sceptical_Steve) December 29, 2020
I think we can get a nice 20m if we sell Auba
— silversurfer (@Huebuecue) December 29, 2020
— Hamès (@HamesOyange) December 29, 2020
— Dan (@afcdaniel_san) December 29, 2020
Whilst there can be no questioning just how much ability Aubameyang has, he simply isn’t in a rich vein of form at the moment, and with Alexandre Lacazette stepping up to the plate once again following his weekend heroics against Chelsea, Arsenal’s talisman for these past few seasons may just need to be given more time on the side-lines.