Sunday Nov 28, 2021. 16:00
Arsenal FC legend Tony Adams believes “out of form” captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be dropped by current manager Mikel Arteta.
The experienced marksman has now gone four English Premier League matches without scoring following the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.
Having been anonymous in Arsenal’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool FC last weekend, Aubameyang missed a sitter against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.
Adams, who is considered one of the greatest Arsenal players of all time by the club’s own fans, believes other players should be given a chance to lead the attacking department.
“You’ve got the Aubameyang question why he’s not scoring, he’s not firing on all cylinders and you’ve got people like [Alexandre] Lacazette,” Adams said on Metro.
“Do you actually take Aubameyang out of the team and give [Gabriel] Martinelli a run or Lacazette a run and say I’m going to take you out?
“Arsene Wenger would have done. He would have looked after the physiology of his player. I can’t remember how old he is but he’s getting on now, he’s a forward, he’s out of form goalscoring-wise.”
The 55-year-old retired defender also feels that Aubameyang, 32, needs to rest with the Gunners set to take on Manchester United on December 2.
“It might be best to give him a rest for a few weeks and then in the New Year, last six months. He can give me a good run,” the former England international continued.
“The team is doing alright at the moment. If you just want an out-and-out goalscorer Lacazette is the man he is a fantastic finisher and he could quite easily do Aubameyang’s position with Martinelli backing him up.
“There could be a cause for taking him out of the team at the moment.”
Aubameyang is still Arsenal’s top scorer in the Premier League with four goals this season, but the last time he scored in the competition was against Aston Villa on October 22.