Arsenal legend Paul Merson has slammed Gunners striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over his poor form.
Aubameyang has struggled for form this season after signing a new contract with the club in the summer, scoring just twice in 10 Premier League outings so far this season.
The Gabon international’s under-par displays have come alongside a disappointing start to the season for the Gunners as a whole, Mikel Arteta‘s men picking up just 13 points from 10 games, leaving them 14th in the Premier League.
This weekend, the Gunners take on North London rivals and current league-leaders Tottenham, and ahead of that game, former Arsenal forward Merson has expressed his pessimism ahead of the clash, reserving criticism for Aubameyang.
I don’t see how my old club can beat Tottenham this weekend,” he said in his Daily Star column. “They are too predictable and getting nothing from their stars.
“Willian has not got going at all, and is having a real nightmare. And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been atrocious.
What does he bring to the party? Absolutely nothing at the moment. You need big performances from your big players when things aren’t going well. Arsenal aren’t getting that. That’s a dangerous thing.
Has Aubameyang relaxed too much after signing his contract? Only he can answer that. But he’s not earning his money.”
Merson went on to describe Spurs’ overtaking of the Gunners as ‘sad’. He added: “It’s sad how far Arsenal have fallen behind Spurs. It’s hard to understand.
“Arsenal built a new stadium and had to sell players every year. Spurs built a new stadium and they’re still spending big
“It’s so easy to stop Arsenal at the moment. Teams go to the Emirates thinking they should be getting something there.
“Mesut Ozil would make a difference in this team. Who else have they got who can pick a pass or thread the ball through the eye of a needle? I really worry for Arsenal at the moment.
Don’t get me wrong. Arteta is safe. They won’t make a change, so I don’t think he’s under that much pressure. He’s there for the long haul.
“But at the start of the season everyone was saying: “Oh it’s strong management leaving Ozil out.” I think it’s come back to haunt them now. They have no guile.”
Continuing his criticism of Aubameyang, Merson said: “I don’t even think they have a plan to get players like Aubameyang and Willian on the ball. They hardly touch it in some games. If you touch the ball 80 times in a game, you are going to do at least 10 good things.