Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes that Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s best days are behind him.
The 31-year-old cut a frustrated figure once again at the Emirates as Manchester City ran out 1-0 winners on Sunday afternoon, where Aubameyang experienced no joy against a resilient Citizens’ backline.
Aubameyang had bagged his first Premier League hat-trick against Leeds United last weekend, but he endured another below-par night at Benfica in midweek, and Redknapp believes that the Arsenal captain is being “bullied” on the pitch.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the 47-year-old said: “Aubameyang’s past his best. He could have moments, he’s going to get his hat-tricks.
“When I watch him sometimes it’s like he’s lost his superpower. You used to see him run past people when he first came into the Premier League, I’ve seen him run past people at Dortmund.
“I’m seeing now a player who looks like he’s going to get bullied every occasion. And he’s your leading light! The likes of (Bukayo) Saka and (Emile) Smith Rowe, they’re the ones leading the way – and it’s the other players I feel have got to step up more.”
Aubameyang, who recently returned from an absence due to family health issues, has scored eight goals and provided one assist in 21 Premier League appearances this term.