Arsenal will be “concerned” at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s lack of goals, admits Nigel Winterburn, but the Gabonese striker’s struggles are not considered to be a “major shock” as the Gunners are failing to create as a collective.
Inability to carve opponents open has contributed to the Gunners making their worst start to a season in 39 years.
Aubameyang was supposed to be the man that prevented such a slump from happening, with the 31-year-old having been a prolific presence throughout his career to date.
He has, however, failed to sparkle on the back of signing a lucrative new contract, with the target found just four times through 12 appearances across all competitions – with only two of those efforts coming in the Premier League.
Winterburn admits that Arsenal need to find a way of bringing the best out of their captain, with positional tinkering clearly not working, with it up to everybody at Emirates Stadium to start pulling in the same direction.
“Weare concerned becausehe’sa playerthat’s alwaysscored goals for Arsenal. Whetherhewasplaying atcentre-forward orthewing,” former Gunners defender Winterburn told FreeSuperTips of Aubameyang.
“When thingsstarted to go wrong, wethought it was time to move himintothe middle, butthat is not wherehe hasscoredmost ofhis goals forArsenal. Alot of hisgoalscame from the left-hand side.
“It’s all about confidence. It’s all aboutthechancesyou create andthe chances that your team-mates provide for you.
“It’s not a major shock that Aubameyang is struggling to score goals because we’re not creating enough chances within the game.
“The Wolvesgame was slightly different.Arsenalgot into the final third a lot more,but the quality of the finalpasses acrossjustwasn’tgood enough.
“If you continue to do thatthananybody that’s playing upfrontfor Arsenalisgoing tostruggle to score goals consistently.
“Ifyou askstrikers,they’lltell youthatwhenthey’resuper confident,they score goals.Instinctivelythey’llmove into the right positions,the ball fallsforthemandthey score.
“Whenout of form andnotscoring,strikers willoverstretch forchancesor delay before taking anopportunity,thenthe opportunity is gone.It’s very worrying for the team for this to be the case, but that’s what Arsenalhave todeal withat the moment.”
Source : goal.com