Arsenal’s shortage of goals has largely been blamed on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s drought but Rio Ferdinand has singled out Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe for failing to pull their weight.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been criticised for his lack of goals – but Rio Ferdinand has issued a defence of the under-fire star and called out two team-mates for not pulling their weight.
Aubameyang has not scored in open play since the opening day of the Premier League season.
After defeat against Wolves on Sunday, manager Mikel Arteta admitted his “biggest concern is how to help him more to score goals because we need his goals.
”He needs to be scoring goals if we want to be successful,” he added.
But Ferdinand believes the issue is not that simple.
What’s going on with you lot [Arsenal] over there?!” Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel.
“You’re lacking consistency. You’re searching for goals. There’s not goals in the team at the moment.
“When Aubameyang doesn’t bang nobody else seems to be stepping up, that’s the problem.
“I love the way Arteta is bringing the young players in and the young players have been performing but sometimes you need the experienced players to drag you through a situation like this.
“Laca man! We need Laca to come up with some goals man! Pepe! When you get your chance come in and bang. We haven’t seen that cutting edge from this Arsenal team.
“Arteta came in and steadied the ship and told them ‘This is what I’m doing, this is my team this is what I do at Arsenal’ and the players responded to it.
“Aubameyang, in particular, was scoring goals but this just shows you how reliant this team is on Aubameyang. If he doesn’t score then Arsenal aren’t the same team man.”