Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is past his best and looks ‘like he has lost his superpower’, Jamie Redknapp has claimed in a damning verdict of the Arsenal forward after his below-par display in defeat against Manchester City.
The Gabonese striker was in scintillating form last season, scoring 29 goals in all competitions and earning himself a lucrative £350,000-a-week deal in September – but has largely looked a shadow of that player this term.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a lonely figure in a 1-0 loss against Manchester City
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp commented that the Gabonese striker is now ‘past his best’
Aubameyang, 31, had rediscovered his best form in front of goal last weekend when he netted a hat-trick against Leeds, but was completely ineffectual against City – and Redknapp believes the striker has lost his mojo.
He said on Sky Sports: ‘Aubameyang’s past his best. He could have moments, he’s going to get his hat-tricks.
‘When I watch him sometimes it’s like he’s lost his superpower. You used to see him run past people when he first came into the Premier League, I’ve seen him run past people at Dortmund.
Aubameyang scored 22 league goals last season and earned himself a £350,000-a-week deal
‘I’m seeing now a player who looks like he’s going to get bullied every occasion. And he’s your leading light!
‘The likes of (Bukayo) Saka and (Emile) Smith Rowe, they’re the ones leading the way – and it’s the other players I feel have got to step up more.’
Aubameyang recently won back his spot in the side as the lone striker from Alexandre Lacazette and scored an excellent hat-trick against Leeds last week, shortly after missing two games due to his mother’s ill health.
But the Gunners looked listless in attack against Pep Guardiola’s side, only mustering one shot on target and eventually losing to leave them in 10th position, two points and one place behind rivals Tottenham.
Raheem Sterling’s second-minute header decided the match at the Emirates on Sunday night