Arsenal endured a disappointing start to the season, suffering three defeats straight, at the hands of Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, before finally picking up their first win of the campaign as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck the only strike in the match against Norwich City last week. It seems the international break gone by could not have come at a better time.
With those three points, the Gunners are currently in 16th place in the Premier League table, and they were forced to look on as their usual top-six rivals embarked upon their respective missions in European competitions midweek.
However, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes it wouldn’t take long Arsenal to climb the ladder significantly, if only they could find a way to spur Aubameyang back to the level we know he’s capable of playing at.
Aubameyang won the Premier League Golden Boot jointly with Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in 2018-19 with 22 goals. He scored the same number the following season and notable speculations about his future were put to bed when he signed a new three-year contract in September 2020. But the Gabonese forward didn’t exactly react to the deal in a way that many would have expected. He only managed 10 goals in 2020-21, and comparisons have been drawn with Mesut Ozil whose form notably dropped off from the moment he signed his last Arsenal contract.
It’s no big secret that a team that aspires to anything in a league as competitive as the English top flight needs its main forward to score goals on a regular basis.
“The biggest thing for you guys is that Aubameyang scored, your talisman, if he plays well and scored goals Arsenal will jump up the league”, Ferdinand said on a phone-in with Vibe with Five.
“Since he signed his new deal he’s struggled for form, he’s struggled for goals. He’s got that goal now, so let’s see you boys start motoring. Because as much as we take the mick out of you, I do like to see Arsenal do well, I’ve got to be honest.”