Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not 'clocked off' after signing a new Arsenal contract and the team’s failure to create chances is the reason for his dip in form, believes Ian Wright.
Aubameyang put an end to speculation over his future by signing a new three-year-deal at the Emirates in September.
The former Premier League Golden Boot winner was heavily linked with a move away from north London before committing to Mikel Arteta’s project, and he kicked off the new campaign with goals in the Community Shield against Liverpool and in the opening-day win at Fulham.
However, the 31-year-old has scored just twice since in all competitions. This has led some questioning his desire and even hint at the possibility of the star striker following in the footsteps of Mesut Ozil, who was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad this season.
But Gunners’ legend Wright totally disagrees with this notion, saying on his podcast: “If I’m being honest, there’s not many chances being created, which is why I feel so unfortunate for Auba.
“It’s just a coincidence that he’s signed his contract at this time and then the suits say, ’it’s because he’s signed his contract, he’s clocked off.’ We’re not creating chances!”
“It seems like we’ve got a manager who will not tolerate anything other than the best the players have got to give. So I’m really confused at the minute.
“Shot creation, we’re 19th in the Premier League. Goals scored, 13th. Shots on target, 14th. Key passes, 17th. Expected goals, 16th.
“All those things make you look into the team and think ‘what’s going on'.”
Following the international break, Arsenal will look to bounce back from a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa in their trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United.