Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Slow Start to the Season a Cause for Concern?


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sensational for Arsenal during the second half of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. Having moved to the Emirates Stadium midway through the season, most fans expected Aubameyang to start slowly as he adjusted to the pace of English football. However, the former Borussia Dortmund man was simply sublime, notching 10 goals in 13 top-flight appearances.

Plenty of Arsenal fans were backing Aubameyang to go on and win the Golden Boot award this season after that run of form, but the Gabon star has failed to hit the ground running in 2018/19. In fact, he has gone three matches without scoring for the first time in his brief Arsenal career and supporters will be concerned by his lack of goal-scoring form.

According to Soccerway, Aubameyang had scored 158 goals in 313 league games during his professional career – an impressive return to say the least. Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be hesitant to drop the former Dortmund star; once he opens his account, he should transform into a goal machine. Write Aubameyang off at your peril, he will improve as the season goes on.

Meanwhile, fellow frontman Alexandre Lacazette has also failed to make an impact so far this season. Like Aubameyang, the Frenchman is yet to get off the mark in 2018/19 and it is surely only a matter of time until Emery decides to utilise both strikers at the same time. If Arsenal want to finish in the top four, their attacking stars must step up to the plate.

As of August 27th, Arsenal have picked up three points from their opening three games. With two fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea already out of the way, it would be foolish to read too much into their record. Their 3-1 victory over West Ham United last time out was a sign of things to come but no goals for Lacazette or Aubameyang is concerning.

Replacing the great Arsene Wenger was always going to be difficult. Some might even say it is impossible. But Emery needs to give himself a chance by changing things up – whether that is a system change or bringing in personnel. Arsenal are now 5/2 to finish in the top four this season according to the latest Premier League betting and the Gunners are in dire need of a complete switch in strategy.

Goals from midfield are always welcome but there is cause for concern when your strikers are struggling to hit the target. Arsenal fans will hope that three goals against the Hammers helps to kickstart their campaign – a top-four berth is not out of reach. Manchester United are struggling, Tottenham Hotspur are prone to slipping up and Chelsea will have their blip. Aubameyang and co can take full advantage if they stay in the mix…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the best strikers in world football; there’s no doubt about it. However, expecting him to average a goal every 90 minutes is foolish. Unless you are a Cristiano Ronaldo or a Lionel Messi, that doesn’t happen. Aubameyang will click into top gear at some stage and the Gunners will reap rewards once he does. Watch this space, Aubameyang will still sparkle in 2018/19 despite the slow start.

5 Replies to “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Slow Start to the Season a Cause for Concern?”

  1. Hmmm. This is looking like a PR for Aubameyang to down play his current out of goals scoring form for Arsenal so far this season in the PL. And for his front mate hit man, Alexandre Lacazette too who is also on the same lost goals scoring form wavelength with Aubameyang, not scoring a single goal in the PL for Arsenal so far this season.

    We’ve watched both strikers in action in the Pl for Arsenal this season in all the Arsenal 3 PL matches wherein they’ve all played with Auba’ starting all the 3 matches but Laca’ coming on mostly as substitute to play in the 3 matches.

    But one can begin to wonder why have these 2 prolific Arsenal strikers failed to lived up to their fearsome reputations in front of the opposition goalmouth this season as top goal notchers. And to be for Arsenal in the PL this season. But not to leave the Arsenal goals scoring job in the PL to some of their mate to do the goals scoring job for the club while they remain as onlookers?

    I think the last season goals scoring success that Aubameyang has had for Arsenal in all competitions has gotten too much into his head giving him a false confidence of business as usual in his game for Arsenal this season in the PL. Consequently, Auba’ has taking scoring goals for Arsenal in this campaign in the PL for granted. Not knowing that a new season in the PL is never the same with the last one.

    In the case of Lacazette who has not lived up to his past reputation since he joined Arsenal who signed him for his been a prolific or a serial goals scorer at a French Ligue 1 club side but has been missing to bury nearly all the goals scoring chances that fell to him for Arsenal.

    I think both Laca’ and Auba’ should henceforth desist from relying solely on their look to be an arrogant self believed thought beliefs in themselves of, they possess in them the ability to be scoring goals at any club they find themselves playing. But rather for them to solely relied on this, let the duo seek for divine intervention from God by fervently praying to Him in righteousness to help them to regain their lost goals scoring form during this their trying period to regain it.

  2. Aubameyang and Lacazette not scoring for Arsenal in the PL so far this season will start becoming a concern to us the Gooners if the duo strikers don’t find the back of net for Arsenal against Cardiff City in the PL on Sunday. Because it’ll start to look as if they’ll struggle for Arsenal this season. But let’s hope it won’t be the case for Arsenal

    We can see that Auba’ and Laca’ have all made much serious efforts to score in the last 3 matches that Arsenal have played in the PL in the last 3 weeks this season. But their efforts to score for Arsenal are to no avail as all their efforts to score in all the 3 matches in which they’ve started an came on in the match as a substitute have all resulted to fluffing their lines to consequently resulted to profigancy in front of the opposition team goalmouths.

    In view of this shortcomings to score for Arsenal by these duo Arsenal strikers which have found their ways into their game this season, or are being allowed by the duo players to find their ugly heads into their game. Whichever of the shortcomings is suffered to them or is suffered to themselves, the pair need to urgently come out of them without any further delays to start scoring goals for Arsenal in the PL and in all the other competitions scoring goals in their numbers for Arsenal this season.

  3. The format of the team is totally wrong, it doesn’t consider the strengths of it’s composition. Not for posting.

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