Martin Raymond Keown admits that he is not blaming Arsenal forward for others’ need to level up their game.
According to the former Arsenal defender,
has yet to offer his club but he believes pointing a finger at the Gabonese international is not correct when others should level up their game as well.
The 31-year-old failed to meet the back of the net again in thePremier League
which was a 2-0 loss for the Gunners. The Gabonese frontman has only scored four goals this season asArsenal
are going through a dry spell for the first time in 39 years.
admits that the front men play a key role but their efforts are only met when certain other players provide them with a platform to work on.
It’s never about one player. I saw enough [against Spurs] to suggest that Arsenal have improved, they had 70 per cent possession. This is about Arsenal losing a game that they tried to win and they were naïve.
“You can talk about crosses, you can talk about how you create them, I feel Arteta will find a way to do that. As well as they did Spurs, soaking up pressure, Arsenal can obviously do a lot better.
“That is not just down to Aubameyang. Yes, we need him to improve. The chances that Arsenal create, I think they are 20th, they are not scoring enough goals – just 10 from the start of the season.
“It’s all there but they are going to have to do it collectively. I don’t think we need to dig out one individual, it’s about the team now coming together, creating opportunities and staying in games long enough to win them with Aubameyang.
“I don’t think he’s getting the sort of chances that he thrives on. I think we waited until the 85th minute until we got Aubameyang in that position where he uses his pace and can finish.
“I’m not going to attack any one individual player, I think it’s about the collective. Yes he has to start scoring goals, yes he needs to do something inspirational, but he needs help from everyone else around him.
“He needs to retain his confidence and at the moment the confidence is ebbing away from the group.
“It’s not just Aubameyang, it’s about the manager. All these crosses into the box doesn’t suit Aubameyang, he wants the ball to feet, where he can do damage.
“It’s quite difficult for him when he realises he can’t count on those behind him. It’s a two-way show in any team. Aubameyang needs more, and to give more
The Gabonese international may sign a new deal at Emirates Stadium.