Former-Arsenal star Ian Wright has admitted that he felt sorry for new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during Arsenal’s hugely damaging derby defeat at the hands of Tottenham on Saturday.
Arsenal’s season was dealt a massive blow on Saturday as they fell to an uninspiring loss against Tottenham. Harry Kane was once again the difference for Spurs as he rose above everyone else to score the only goal of the game.
The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were unable to hit back for the Gunners as they were condemned to their eighth defeat of the season. Arsene Wenger’s men are now seven points adrift of Tottenham and eight points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot.
In the game itself, Arsenal appeared far too passive despite enjoying a good amount of possession. Indeed, Aubameyang endured a torrid game as he saw so little of the ball, with service into the striker minimal.
Lacazette by contrast had two big chances to score and spurned both, which saw Arsenal fall to defeat. However, it was not the misfortune of Lacazette that saw Ian Wright feeling a lot of sympathy. He said of Aubameyang in a column for The Sun: “Gooners got excited – understandably so – with the arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, coupled with the 5-1 hammering of Everton. But the Spurs game highlighted the same old weaknesses. Jack Wilshere tried hard but a midfield of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka was not helping the defence whatsoever”.
“I felt sorry for Aubameyang as he did not get any service and when he was clean through, was wrongly flagged for offside. One goal separated the sides and Arsenal wasted some chances at the end but we all know the scoreline should have been very different and Harry Kane could have got a hat-trick. I just don’t see Arsenal improving”.
Arsenal must now dust themselves off as their next challenge sees them taking on Ostersunds in the Europa League with the competition turning into their last viable route back into the Champions League for next season.