Ian Wright hits back at ‘rubbish’ criticism of Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Ian Wright during the World Cup Women match between Norway v England at the Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre France
Wright (Picture: Soccrates/Getty)

Ian Wright thinks claims Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was ‘clocking off’ after signing a new Arsenal contract were ‘rubbish’ and that a lot of the criticism of the club captain was unfounded.

Aubameyang was back with a bang on Monday night, bagging twice in a 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

He had only scored three times in 16 previous Premier League matches and had been heavily criticised for his poor form.

But Wright claimed that some of that criticism was unjust, particularly in relation to his attitude, and instead thinks he just wasn’t getting clear chances to score.

‘You look at the goals he scored today, those are the kind of chances you want to create for him,’ he told Premier League Productions.

‘You’ve got someone like Thomas Partey, when he gets in a situation he’s looking to pass it forward.

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 18, 2021.
Aubameyang was back among the goals (Picture: AFP/Getty)

‘Aubameyang wants that situation, he wants that one-on-one situation. He hasn’t been having a lot of that in recent months.

‘People have been talking about his form, signing his contract then clocking off, it’s rubbish, he just didn’t get chances, not chances like that [against Newcastle].

‘We’ve seen him score chances like the second goal where he’s in the middle of the box because Arsenal created something, they haven’t been creating things.

‘Now with Saka’s emergence, Emile Smith Rowe’s emergence, great play from Cedric, there’s always balls going into the box, chances being made, and he’ll come alive again.’

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