Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to register a single shot at home in a match for the first time in his Arsenal career in 3-0 loss to Aston Villa… as Mikel Arteta hints at a switch to a central striking role after the November international break
- Arsenal were humbled 3-0 at home against Aston Villa on Sunday evening
- Two goals from Ollie Watkins and Bukayo Saka’s own goal gave Villa victory
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to register a single shot in the match
- It is the first time the Arsenal captain has failed to shoot in a home match
The north Londoners were humbled in their own backyard by high-flying Villa and handed their fourth defeat of the season.
Aubameyang, who is still without a home goal this season in all competitions, started on the left side of a front three with Willian and Alexandre Lacazette.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to register a single shot in Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Aston Villa
It is the first time the Gabon striker has ever failed to shoot in an Arsenal home match
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hinted at a possible positional change for the Gabon forward, who could be moved into a central striking role after the November international break.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Arteta said: ‘It (Aubameyang’s position) depends on the games, depends on who he’s surrounded with. There’s a very strong possibility to play him as a No 9.
‘If you’re asking me about another player I’d say we have to do some confidence work, with Auba I don’t think that’s the case.’
The Gunners were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa thanks to two goals from Ollie Watkins
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hinted Aubameyang could move to centre forward
Aubameyang has scored just two Premier League goals since the start of the season on September 12, with the 31-year-old ending a six-game goal drought in the win over Manchester United last weekend.
The forward, who signed a new £250,000-a-week contract at the start of the season, netted a penalty at Old Trafford to seal Arsenal’s first win at the home of their fierce rivals since 2006.
That goal, however, is the only time the Gunners have found the net since their last international break in October, with Arteta’s squad failing to score from open play in over a month.
Regular scorer Aubameyang (right) has netted just three goals in all competitions this season
Arsenal fired blanks against Manchester City and Leicester City in their two league matches before the Old Trafford victory at the start of the month.
The north Londoners have fared better in the Europa League and have three wins from three in the group stages against Rapid Vienna, Dundalk and Molde.
Aubameyang has been Arsenal’s top scorer in each of the last three seasons and has netted 74 goals in 118 games since arriving in the winter of 2018.
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