Sky Sports pundit explains why Aubameyang is ‘a problem’ for Arsenal
Jamie Redknapp has his say on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's best position in the Arsenal team
Jamie Redknapp believes that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may be a “slight problem” for Arsenal this season because he performs better in a central role than out wide.
The Gabon international has started the season strongly for the Gunners and has already netted three goals in four Premier League appearances for Unai Emery’s men.
Aubameyang started on the left side of attack for Arsenal alongside Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at The Emirates.
Although former midfielder Redknapp is impressed by Aubameyang’s performances out wide, he feels that the 30-year-old is much better suited to playing a central role up front for the Gunners.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Sunday’s 2-2 draw, Redknapp said: “Nicolas Pepe’s suited to there right so there’s no problem there.
“Lacazette’s also very happy in the middle but I would say Aubameyang is a slight problem. He seems a really good guy that will just get on with it but playing wide doesn’t suit him.
“As soon as he went central you can see that’s where he wants to be. He wants to be between the widths of the post and that’s where he does his damage. That’s where he scores his goals. He will be fine with it but if you want to get the best out of that team, he has to play in a central position.
“With Liverpool, who play in a similar formation, the three that they have are all happy in their positions. They don’t seem to question where they are playing and they are all getting goals, and I just think he’s the one player that doesn’t seem as comfortable.
“I’ve got no complaints with how Lacazette played. I thought his performance was brilliant but that’s the only problem with this three. Aubameyang is not as happy playing in that wide left role.”
Arsenal’s draw with Tottenham left them in fifth place in the Premier League table and with seven points from their opening four games.
The north London side will return to Premier League action after the international break when they travel to Watford on Sunday 15 September.
Aubameyang will be hoping to fire Arsenal towards a top-four finish this season after they finished in fifth place and without a trophy in Emery’s first campaign in charge last term.