Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ‘lost his superpower’ and ‘past his best’

Alex Young
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 (AP)
(AP)

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has "lost his superpower", with the striker now more likely to "get bullied" than lead the team to victory, says Jamie Redknapp.

Aubameyang endured another tough afternoon on Sunday, failing to attempt a single effort on goal as Manchester City ran out 1-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium.

The performance was in stark contrast to last weekend's outing, where he scored a hat-trick against Leeds, but in keeping with a tough season since signing a mega-money new contract last summer.

"Aubameyang is past his best," said Jamie Redknapp. "He's going to have moments; he's going to get hat-tricks.

"But when I watch him sometimes, it's like he's lost his superpower.

"I saw him run past people when he first came to the Premier League. I saw him run past people at Dortmund. Now I'm seeing a player who looks like he's going to get bullied.

"He's your leading light, but the likes of [Bukayo] Saka and [Emile] Smith Rowe, they're the ones leading the way."

The loss, Arsenal's 11th of the league campaign, leaves them in 10th place and 25 points off Premier League pace-setters City.

"They will always be a big club but if they want to be a big team, they can't be in the position they are in now.

"When they lost [to Manchester City] in the Carabao Cup 4-1, it felt like a real low point for the manager and it felt like he might lose his job.

"He's stabilised it a bit since then and there have been a few good results but I think Alex [Scott, fellow pundit] has hit the nail on the head. This is an important time for this team, the club and the manager right now."

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