This relates to the Aubameyang story and it links to Darren Bent who announced, announcing, “I said at the time Arsenal were stuck in no-win situation. At the time, Aubameyang was playing fantastic, one of the best strikers in the Premier League, single-handedly won the FA Cup for Mikel Arteta.   They started off the following season against Fulham, scored a good goal, got the contract and he has been a shadow of himself ever since.”

So what happened to this no win situation?  

Date Match Result Score Competition
11 Dec 2021 Arsenal v Southampton W 3-0 Premier League
15 Dec 2021 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-0 Premier League
18 Dec 2021 Leeds United v Arsenal W 1-4 Premier League

By my reckoning that is nine in the last three and one against which suggests the Bent story is rather off track.  And here we might consider the past of Darren Bent.   He was the man who when playing for Villa was photographed apparently out shopping while his team were losing to Liverpool and when he should have been at home recovering from injury.  He later apologised.   

So Bent, who also once appeared on BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind and scored a total of three points over two rounds, tells us, “When you have a centre-forward like Aubameyang, I’ve always said ‘you’ve got to play him, you’ve got to play him’.”   The phrase “mindless gibberish” springs to mind for some reason.

Indeed what would be nice would be for the media to explain how they and their scribblers could get it so wrong.  But they won’t.