‘We’re not creating chances!’ Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims he feels ‘unfortunate’ for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Gunners’ goal crisis but admits Mikel Arteta’s men must get into ‘habit of scoring’
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has only scored two Premier League goals this term
- The Arsenal striker has come underfire since signing a new contract at the club
- Ian Wright though believes goals will come once he gets into ‘habit of scoring’
- Aubameyang’s penalty in win at Manchester Utd is their only goal in four games
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has leapt to the defence of underfire Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, insisting the striker has not been getting enough chances to ease the club’s goal scoring woes.
The Gunners headed into the international break having failed to score from open play in their last four games, with an Aubameyang penalty in a win at Manchester United their only goal in the Premier League during that period.
However the club captain has been criticised for his form this term, having otherwise not found the net in a league game since the 3-0 opening day win at Fulham.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has struggled in front of goal for Arsenal this season
Wright, who was once Arsenal’s all-time top scorer with 185 goals, though claims that while Arsenal’s front men have been poor in front of goal, he refuses to believe that the 31-year-old has downed tools since signing a new contract at the start of the season.
‘What I saw the other day was Arsenal’s warm-up before the Manchester United game – there was a shooting session down in the corner,’ he said on his Wrighty’s House podcast.
‘We saw nine shots from the main characters – Aubameyang, [Alexandre] Lacazette, all of them – and every single one of them missed. Even though we beat Manchester United, it was telling.
But Ian Wright claims the striker has been unfortunate in a team that is not creating chances
‘If I’m being honest, there’s not many chances being created, which is why I feel so unfortunate for Auba.
‘It’s just a coincidence that he’s signed his contract at this time and then the suits say, “It’s because he’s signed his contract, he’s clocked off”. We’re not creating chances!
‘We’re not creating chances but I do not like seeing in a warm-up shooting session, people missing the target, and sloppy shots. All those things make you look into the team and what’s going on.’
Arsenal headed into the international break following a dismal 3-0 defeat on home soil by Aston Villa that leaves them 11th in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s only goal in their last four games was Aubameyang’s penalty in a win at Man Utd
Aubameyang played the full 90 minutes against Villa, a game where he for the first time at the Emirates he failed to register a single shot on goal having played the duration of the match.
The Gunners only had two attempts on target and it is a statistic that has left Wright baffled.
‘I’m confused with what’s going on. It seems like we’ve got a manager who will not tolerate anything other than the best the players have got to give. So I’m really confused at the minute.
‘Shot creation, we’re 19th in the Premier League. Goals scored, 13th. Shots on target, 14th. Key passes, 17th. Expected goals, 16th.
Aubameyang failed to have a shot on goal in their 3-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Sunday
‘They should be doing everything they can in warm-ups to get into the habit of scoring goals.’
Aubameyang has also faced surprise criticism from Real Madrid star Toni Kroos in recent days, with the midfielder branding his goal celebrations where he wears a mask as ‘very silly’.
The Arsenal hitman has since hit back at Kroos though through social media, claiming his celebrations are done for the enjoyment of his son, saying: ‘By the way does this @ToniKroos have kids?: ‘Just to remember i did it for my son a few times and I will do it again, I wish you have kids one day and make them happy like this. Junior School pupils Talk. And don’t Forget #maskon #staysafe’
Aubameyang has defended his mask celebration following criticism from Toni Kroos
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