Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been one of the worst centre-forwards in the Premier League this season, talkSPORT has been told.
The Gunners ace has had a torrid time whether used off the left or centrally but should still be capable of finding his form of old, such is the talent he has.
Aubameyang is still having a tough time even though Arsenal’s form has improved
Aubameyang has only managed three league goals this season as he struggles to repeat the performances he’s shown since arriving at the Emirates in January 2018.
A bumper new contract was signed by the Gabon star, 31, netting him a reported wage of £375,000 per week.
His showings since, have been well below par, though, and ex-Premier League striker Tony Cascarino reckons he’s been one of the worst in the entire division, even as the Gunners are on a three-game winning run.
“He hasn’t played well at all and he’s very capable of switching it back on,” he said on the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
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“But I have seen games where, and I’m saying as a centre-forward, when he’s played centre-forward and played their roles he’s been as poor as anybody in the Premier League.”
Cascarino, though, was instead full of praise for Aubameyang’s teammate Lacazette who now has five goals in his last four games.
His double against West Brom, in a 4-0 win, showed he’s not lost his goalscoring instinct, despite the increased workrate he’s been displaying in recent weeks.
“He played really well,” former Cascarino told talkSPORT.
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“I think he’s been asked to work much harder as a centre-forward. I thought his work ethic against Chelsea was extraordinary, battling for everything, fighting for every ball, bringing his colleagues into play. He did it really well yesterday.
“The rewards for his hard work have been the goals because I think that’s what Arteta wants him to do. Be a much bigger worker.
“We’ve talked about centre-forwards working and, if he does that, Lacazette’s a real handful. He’s your best centre-forward, by a country mile for me.”