Aubameyang warned "questions have to be asked" as his effort is called out

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been challenged on his work rate by Darren Bent who feels as if the Arsenal star has dropped off since signing a new deal.

The striker has been the club's leading light for several years and was linked with the exit door as his contract wound down.

But he opted to remain at the Emirates and sign a £250,000-a-week deal after a season that saw him lift the FA Cup and score 29 times.

He and Arsenal got off to a strong start this term as Aubameyang netted the second in a 3-0 win at Fulham.

But since then both the player and the club have endured noticeable lulls as they struggle for form.

Aubameyang's lack of goals have been well documented but Bent feels as if his work off the ball has decreased and demanded he take more ownership of his performances.

"They [Arsenal] can't get the best out of Aubameyang, he's not playing well at all. But not only that as well, I know we keep talking about 'we don't create chances for him' but he's got to do more himself as well," he told  talkSPORT.

"You can't keep obviously blaming everyone else because he was superb up until he signed the contract.

"We do need creativity in there, I understand that, but he can still be doing a lot more for the team as well. 

"When you look at Aubameyang's performances before he signed the contract, he was running after everything, he was tracking back, putting tackles in.

"People didn't really speak about their creativity then because he was doing so much. He was going above and beyond so people expected that to continue.

"He started against Fulham, superb again and got this contract and he just seems to have come away from it a little bit. 

"I understand that strikers go through patches in their career where you're not quite scoring goals and confidence is low but you can still put effort in, work-rate in, and I think right now questions have to be asked."

Aubameyang has notched twice this season but only once in his last nine league games.

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