Arteta invites Wenger to return to Arsenal in some capacity
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Gary Neville has predicted a ‘sour’ end for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal after the striker went a sixth Premier League game without a goal. Aubameyang was dropped to the bench for the Gunners’ trip to Everton, with Alexandre Lacazette instead selected to spearhead the visitors’ attack.
Aubameyang was brought on for the final five minutes, missing a guilt-edged chance that would have seen them claim a draw.
It was another poor performance from the 32-year-old, who is in the middle of his worst goalless run since arriving at the Emirates Stadium.
Having gone six games without finding the back of the net in the top-flight, Aubameyang’s run is his worst since 2014.
His struggles have encapsulated Arsenal main problem this season, which has been converting chances into goals.
They are the second-lowest scorers in the top seven, having managed just 18 in their first 15 games this season.
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The clock certainly appears to be ticking on Aubameyang’s career at Arsenal, with the striker having looked out of sorts since signing a new contract last September.
In what was perhaps a nod towards his current status in Arteta’s squad, youngster Eddie Nketiah, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season, was brought on ahead of him.
In fact, Aubameyang was only introduced six minutes after Richarlison had equalised for the Toffees, despite Lacazette failing to have an attempt on goal.
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And Neville believes that Nketiah’s introduction before him will create a problem between Aubameyang and Arteta.
“I think there will be a problem with Aubameyang off the back of this game. I don’t think he’ll like Nketiah coming on [before him], I don’t think he’ll like being sub full stop,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think when [the late chance] comes, he makes a good run outside, it’s one of them that is hard to play as a side foot over to that corner.
“You almost want to guide it in with your left into that far corner. It’s a little awkward and unnatural in terms of how he’s tried to finish it.”
With Aubameyang struggling and rumours swirling over a possible move for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Neville predicts things could soon turn sour.
“Yeah it is going to, there’s always that little bit of a bug between him and Arteta,” Neville added when asked if a problem was brewing.
“I know he’s captain, but he leaves him out, and it just feels like it’s going to be a little bit awkward. I think it’s gonna cause a problem.
“I suspect if he could get money for him and get someone else, he would, and I think if Aubameyang could move on, he would. It could maybe turn a little sour.”
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