‘There’s been a massive drop off’ – Darren Bent criticises Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s form since penning new Arsenal deal

Aubameyang is without a goal in his last four games
Aubameyang is without a goal in his last four games (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s form has taken a huge dip since he signed his bumper new Arsenal contract last month.

After months of speculation surrounding his future, the Gabon international finally put pen to paper on a three-year contract at the Emirates, reportedly worth in excess of £300,000-a-week including bonus payments.

Aubameyang ended the last campaign as Arsenal’s Player of the Season, having netted 29 goals in 44 games across all competitions.

Aubameyang put pen to paper on a new deal in September
Aubameyang put pen to paper on a new deal in September (Picture: Getty Images)

Though the 31-year-old opened his account for the new season in the curtain-raiser against Fulham, he is yet to find the back of the net since then, going four league games without a goal.

Bent admits Aubamayeng’s performance levels have dropped and he isn’t playing with the same intensity as he was before he signed his new contract in mid-September.

‘It’s not the fact he hasn’t scored a goal, it’s the performances,’ Bent told talkSPORT.

‘Before he signed his contract he was absolutely everywhere – running back, tracking back, putting tackles in, breaking forward. There was a real hunger and intensity to his game.

‘At the minute, you can see there’s been a massive drop off. I don’t know if it’s coincided with the new contract, but you can tell that he’s not playing with the same intensity that he had before.

‘When you focus so much on getting a new deal like Aubameyang did, you’ll run that extra yard and make that extra effort.

‘When he sits down now and analyses his performances before and after the contract he’ll see that there’s been a massive change.’

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