Campbell claims one Arsenal player is currently ‘painful to watch’

Date published: Saturday 4th December 2021 2:09 - Joe Williams

Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang takes part in a warm-up

Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently “painful to watch” after watching his performance in the Gunners’ 3-2 loss against Manchester United.

The Gunners lost at Old Trafford on Thursday night, their second defeat in three Premier League games, as they remain fifth in the standings.

Emile Smith Rowe gave the Gunners the lead with a bizarre strike, before Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo scored to give United the lead.


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Martin Odegaard restored parity for Arsenal, only to become the villain as he brought down Fred in the box to hand United a penalty, which Ronaldo converted to win all three points.

Aubameyang led the line for Mikel Arteta’s men at Old Trafford, rarely threatening United’s defence, and Campbell thinks it’s been “painful to watch” the Gabon international in recent weeks.

“It’s just not happening for him, is it? It might be time for him to come out the team,” Campbell said on the Highbury Squad.

“No matter what he does, what he tries, it’s not happening. It seems like we’re carrying him. He can’t stick it away! It’s painful to watch. It’s really painful to watch.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was gutted to see Aubameyang subsituted towards the end of their match against Man United with the Frenchman insisting he would still have been their biggest goal threat.

“One thing I couldn’t understand is Aubameyang is your captain, he’s your goalscorer, you put him as the captain,” Henry said on Amazon Prime.

“Twenty minutes to go, you’re losing 3-2 and you take him off.

“I’ve never came across this situation where you’re 3-2 away from home and you need a goal and you take your captain off the field and you know he can score you goals. So something is not right there.”

Asked if he was disappointed that his side were unable to push on having brought it back to 3-3, Arteta said: “Well, we scored the first one and then after that we had total control of the game.

“We started to give some very simple balls away in dangerous areas which opened some spaces for them and gave them some momentum. We had some difficulties there and we conceded the goal.

“The second half we had some difficulties again. We had total control, we conceded the goal, but reacted well and kept playing and we were dominant in the game and we scored the second one.

“After that we have to show maturity to not concede the third one. At that moment we didn’t manage well enough the situation and we conceded the goal.

“So I’m pleased with a lot of things that I saw but being realistic, conceding three goals at Old Trafford it’s very hard to win the game.”

 

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