Aubameyang’s position should be changed before Tottenham clash

Fri 24 September 2021 | 13:41

The ex-Arsenal defender thinks the club captain will be more productive if played on the left rather than centre.

According to

Nigel Winterburn



should play

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

on the left, as the Gunners captain has a problem with end product when played as a central striker.

The forward, who has impressed during his time at Emirates Stadium, has met the back of the net only twice in his last 10 games, with many of them coming this season.

Winterburn feels

Mikel Artet

a should think about another tactical tweak.

Winterburn, speaking in association with Paddy Power, told Goal when quizzed whether Arsenal need to have a positional tinkering:

"Asking if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should play on the left wing once again is a great question. If you ask Arsenal fans, when he doesn’t play up top, they ask why because he’s our main goalscorer.  

"I’ve said it all along, I feel he gets more freedom and space on the left wing, but if you’re playing on the left, you’re having to do a lot more defensively.  

"His issues are more a case of the type of service he wants when playing centre-forward. He isn’t going to face up to the play, link it up and then spin while looking for a one-two with another player.  

"His strength is on the back shoulder of defenders, and creative players making intricate five-yard passes for him to run onto. That’s how I see him scoring his goals.  

"Aubameyang is a completely different type of centre-forward to Alexandre Lacazette. When Lacazette plays, sometimes Aubameyang moves to the left-hand side, then cuts inside and we’ve seen him score some great goals doing that.  

"If Aubameyang doesn’t score in the upcoming fixtures, Mikel Arteta might bring Lacazette back in and put Aubameyang back out wide. But, what does Arteta then do with Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe or Emile Smith Rowe? It’s a nice problem for Arsenal to have."  

The 32-year-old netted 89 goals in 153 games for his side, but since penning a new contract in 2020, he has struggled for consistency.

Winterburn added on the captain’s form before the clash against Tottenham on Sunday:

"It’s always concerning for a team when their main centre-forward isn't scoring regularly. 

"The conundrum with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was his issues last season with illness, and then again this season with him contracting Covid. No-one can be certain how long he will take to recover. 

"However, putting the previous issues aside, his form is a concern. We want the Aubameyang of two seasons ago, who was scoring plenty.  

"On the flipside, people must look at his outright form, and the reasons why he isn’t scoring as many goals. Are Arsenal still creating the same number of chances that give him the opportunities to score?  

"In my opinion, he isn’t in as good form as he was a few years ago, and Arsenal aren’t creating the same chances consistently for him."

source: SportMob

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