Chris Sutton has labelled Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the “worst signing” of the summer after putting pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates.
Aubameyang looked likely to leave the Gunners upon the expiry of his contract in the summer, only to extend his stay in north London when they secured Europa League qualification by winning the FA Cup.
Having scored 29 goals in 44 appearances last season, the Gabon international’s new £250,000-a-week deal was seen as a major coup for Arsenal, with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly circling.
However, Aubameyang has appeared slightly out of sorts this term, scoring just one goal from open play in his first seven Premier League appearances of the season.
And Sutton has controversially branded him the worst signing of the summer, insisting he would not have fans on the edge of their seats if they were allowed in stadiums.
“The worst? We were all told that Arsenal tying down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be like a new signing and, after a lot of hullabaloo, he put pen to paper,” the former Chelsea and Celtic striker told the Daily Mail.
“Since then, he’s scored once from the spot.
“If fans were at stadiums, he wouldn’t exactly have had them on the edge of their seats.”
Arsenal are in dire straits right now after their 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa on Sunday, which saw them outplayed by the likes of Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley at the Emirates.
Former Gunners defender Lee Dixon believes Aubameyang is not being helped by his team-mates right now, telling talkSPORT: ‘If you’re not getting the service or the opportunities to score and the weight of the goals is all on your shoulders – some players relish it,’
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“You’ve got to keep him bubbling away, give him everything he needs to perform. That means chances on the pitch, getting the balls into channels where he makes the runs.
“At the moment there is so much pressure on him because nobody else in the team scores goals really. And that’s a big weight to carry.”
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