English Premiership

Aubameyang and Lacazette take the heat

2019-02-04 15:09
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Arsenal pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have been lambasted for their poor showing against Manchester City on Sunday.

The Gunners were easily swept aside by the defending champions 3-1 at the Etihad, with Laurent Koscielny scoring their only goal.

Aubameyang and Lacazette have combined for 24 Premier league goals this season but were unable to create much against an organised Citizens defence.

As such, Tottenham Hotspur legend Chris Waddle slammed the Gunners’ attacking duo for not doing enough on the pitch.

“In the second half Arsenal were so poor but it starts at the front,” he told BBC Radio 5Live.

“It doesn’t matter how good you are, how much you cost, what your name is, you’ve got to work hard and the two strikers, for me, didn’t give Arsenal a chance in the second half and the other players much have thought, ‘How can we get up the field? The front two are not chasing.’

“What more could they do? Chase people down! When you’re a striker, if you run to somebody, what Aguero does, he runs to you, you have to pass the ball, so you go back to the goalie then he runs on the goalie, cuts the line off to the defender who has passed it back.

“But that gives the signal for the wingers, [Raheem] Sterling, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, to think, ‘I’m going to go with you’ and then all of a sudden they get the ball back.

“You’re not telling me Aubameyang and Lacazette can’t run! Why? Is there something wrong with them?"

The loss sees Unai Emery’s men slip out of the top four to sixth, with Manchester United and Chelsea sitting above them.

 

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