Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blasted for ‘schoolboy’ error against Aston Villa

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was caught ‘sleeping’ for Aston Villa’s opener (Picture: DAZN)

Former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood blasted Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Gunners striker was seen laughing and joking with Tyrone Mings shortly before Mahmoud Trezeguet’s opener at Villa Park.

The Egyptian put the home side ahead when he smashed home following Mings’ flick from a corner midway through the first half.

Villa were buoyed by Watford’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City earlier in the day and knew that three points would take them out of the relegation zone heading into the final weekend of the season.

Arsenal have been in fine form in recent weeks, beating the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City in their last two fixtures.

Aubameyang was joking around with Mings (Picture: DAZN)
But Mings made the first move, catching Aubameyang cold (Picture: DAZN)
Mings got a clear headstart and won the flick to assist Trezeguet’s opener (picture: DAZN)

Aubameyang has been instrumental in that upturn in results but the Gabon international was caught napping as Trezeguet converted Mings’ flick.

Replays showed that Aubameyang was joking around with Mings before the corner was floated in, which allowed the defender the split-second he needed to get a headstart on the forward.

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Trezeguet scored from the flick on (Picture: Getty)

Sherwood was far from impressed with Aubameyang’s actions, describing it as ‘typical’ of Arsenal’s performance and a ‘schoolboy’ error.

‘This is typical of Arsenal’s performance,’ Sherwood told Premier League Productions.

‘It’s ‘We’ll have a little joke about’ but Mings is more alert, he goes ‘Ta-ta, see you later, I’m going to go near post I’m going to flick this on and you’re going to be 1-0 down’

‘[Aubameyang’s] sleeping. It’s not a game on the park; this is a professional football match where you’ve got a chance to finish in the Europa League spots

‘Your manager [Mikel Arteta] has said it before the game that you need to win two football matches to finish in the Europa League and there’s still a chance of that

‘That’s not good enough. That’s just like a schoolboy having a joke with his friend. Mings knew what he was doing because what he was doing was luring him in and then he was gone’.

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