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Arteta shrugs off claims about Aubameyang being ‘past his best’

Thu 25 February 2021 | 9:12

The Gunners boss says the striker has answered his critics by his recent performances.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

has not been in his best form for Arsenal in their current campaign. The Gabonese signed a lucrative contract with the Gunners earlier this season but has been criticized for his underwhelming performances. The striker, who has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season, was criticized by former

Liverpool

star

Jamie Redknapp

in a recent interview with

Sky Sports

.

“Aubameyang is past his best. He's going to have moments; he's going to get hat-tricks.

“But when I watch him sometimes, it's like he's lost his superpower.

“I saw him run past people when he first came to the Premier League. I saw him run past people at Dortmund. Now I'm seeing a player who looks like he's going to get bullied.”

Ahead of his team’s Europa League match against

Benfica

,

Mikel Arteta

has responded to Redknapp’s comments about Aubameyang.

“I didn't see those comments. I've heard about them." he told reporters.

“I'm here to support every single player and that is what I try to do all the time.

“I try to give them the best possible advice and when they have a difficult moment, stay right behind them and that's what we try to do always.“

He added:

“I think the best way to talk is always on the pitch.

“Seven days before when he scored the hat-trick and he could have scored four or five against Leeds, he was again the main man.

“He could have scored a hat-trick against Benfica easily with his qualities and it would have been different.

“At the end [of the day] it's about putting the ball in the back of the net for him and that's how he gets joy.”


source: SportMob