Arsenal pair Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe are slammed for not ‘stepping up’ to ease burden on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by Rio Ferdinand as former England defender questions where goals will come from
- Arsenal are enduring a difficult time in front of goal in the Premier League
- They lost again at the weekend, with their only goal scored by a centre back
- Rio Ferdinand has singled out two stars that have to do more to contribute up top
Rio Ferdinand has urged Arsenal pair Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe to do more to ease the goalscoring burden on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon striker has been the Gunners’ go to man when it comes to goals in the Premier League over the past two seasons, grabbing 22 goals in each of the last two seasons.
His form at the start of this campaign has wavered after signing a new deal in the summer, and it has coincided with a downturn in fortunes for Mikel Arteta’s side on the pitch.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs help in carrying the goalscoring burden at Arsenal
Arsenal are currently sat 14th in Premier League table, having won just four of their opening 10 matches. Those matches have seen them score just 10 times – only the bottom three have scored fewer.
However, Ferdinand insists that the burden to deliver cannot fall solely at the feet of the former Borussia Dortmund frontman, and believes Lacazette and Pepe have to look at their own contributions.
‘There’s not goals in the team at the moment,’ he told the Five Youtube channel.
‘When Aubameyang doesn’t bang nobody else seems to be stepping up, that’s the problem.
‘I love the way Arteta is bringing the young players in and the young players have been performing but sometimes you need the experienced players to drag you through a situation like this.
Alexandre Lacazette is the club’s top goalscorer in the league this season, but has just three
Nicolas Pepe has failed to justify his sizeable price tag and was recently sent off at Leeds
‘Laca man! We need Laca to come up with some goals man! Pepe! When you get your chance come in and bang. We haven’t seen that cutting edge from this Arsenal team.
‘Arteta came in and steadied the ship and told them: “This is what I’m doing, this is my team this is what I do at Arsenal” and the players responded to it.
‘Aubameyang in particular was scoring goals but this just shows you how reliant this team is on Aubameyang. If he doesn’t score then Arsenal aren’t the same team man.’
Lacazette is currently Arsenal’s top scorer in the Premier League, having scored three in eight appearances this season.
Rio Ferdinand believes that Pepe and Lacazette are not pulling their weight in terms of goals
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