Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came off the bench against Everton last night and missed a golden chance to equalise with the last touch of the game.
The 32-year-old flashed a shot wide of Jordan Pickford’s left-hand post in the dying moments, condemning the Gunners to a second straight defeat.
Aubameyang was left out of the starting lineup by manager Mikel Arteta, following his recent struggles in front of goal, and supporters on Twitter have been discussing the striker’s future at the club:
Should have sold him 2 years ago
— Shondu (@gcshondu) December 7, 2021
— Found The Next Hut (@foundthenexthut) December 7, 2021
Bored after contract.
— Edgar (@Edgar_OE) December 7, 2021
Sell him and get a new striker: Isak, Watkins, Calvert Lewin
— Jahanghir (@JANGO1993) December 7, 2021
He needs to go
— moysquare (@MoyConstruct) December 7, 2021
He’s not the same as before and he’s not getting any younger
— Yolande Semple (@Yosemp) December 7, 2021
He’s finished. Rather have Balogun up front than Auba.
— THE浜っ子 (@Hamakko_86) December 7, 2021
— ThatFlyGooner (@ThatFlyGooner) December 7, 2021
he aint hungry to prove anything, arsenal need someone trying to make a statement not some fallen off sitter misser.
— Kanoo (@1Kanoe) December 7, 2021
Just don’t hike salaries based on one season. This is what u get ! No accountability
— Dr. Mohammed Fahad (@DrMohFad) December 7, 2021
Statistics don’t lie. Aubameyang is averaging 0.12 goals per shot this season, which is the lowest figure since arriving in England. His finishing since the start of the campaign is also well below average for a top striker (-1.8 for goals minus xG).
It was hoped that, after a good start to the season in front of goal, the Gabonese international had rediscovered some form after a poor 2020/21 campaign but it seems the rot has well and truly set in.