Ian Wright ‘surprised’ Mikel Arteta bowed to public pressure to play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang centrally

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has managed just two league goals this term (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has admitted his surprise that Mikel Arteta caved to pressure to play Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a central role.

The Gabon international was used from the left flank following Arteta’s arrival at the Emirates and he spearheaded the Gunners FA Cup-winning campaign, scoring twice in the final against Chelsea.

The uptick in performances convinced Aubameyang that his long-term future was at Arsenal and he signed a new three-year deal at the club in September.

However, he’s managed just one goal from open play in the Premier League this term

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Aubameyang signed a new long-term deal at the start of the campaign (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

‘From an offensive point of view you’re thinking maybe you put Aubameyang back on the left,’ Wright told Ringer FC’s ‘Wrighty’s House’ podcast.

‘Which is quite sad because I think one of the things that’s surprised me is that he’s had to bow a little bit to the pressure of putting him in the middle.

‘If other people were performing as well as they could do in the middle then he wouldn’t have had to do that.’

Aubameyang is not expected to take part in Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna given the Gunners have already confirmed their passage through to the last-32.

Arteta’s side take on Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday and the pressure is building on the Spaniard following Arsenal’s worst ever start to a Premier League campaign.

The Gunners have just 13 points from their opening ten matches.

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