Martin Keown has criticised Arsenal’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Match of the Day 2’s coverage (BBC One, Sunday, 10.30pm) for his lack of work rate on Sunday afternoon, despite the Gunners winning 1-0 against AFC Bournemouth.
David Luiz scored the only goal of the game in the ninth minute to net his first for Arsenal since joining the club from Chelsea. It was a well-timed header placed to perfection, with Aaron Ramsdale failing to prevent the ball bouncing into the net.
Arsenal dominated the first half but could not add to their tally. In the second half, it seemed as though the Gunners dropped deeper and Bournemouth came into the match – but were unable to find an equaliser.
During his analysis, former Arsenal star Keown lambasted Aubameyang’s lack of pressing in the second half, ordering the Gabon skipper to work harder when the opposition have possession in defence.
“In the second half, they switched off,” Keown said. “Aubameyang, I know you’re scoring the goals, but you need to work harder fella. I know it’s tough, but you cannot allow that kind of space.”
TBR’s view – Has Unai Emery turned a corner at Arsenal?
Eight matches unbeaten in all competitions and 21 goals scored in that time, Arsenal have got over a difficult bump in the road at the start of the campaign and now sit third in the Premier League table.
They have begun their Europa League campaign in sensational form with wins against Frankfurt and Standard Liege – keeping two clean sheets – and are in next round of the Carabao Cup. Emery deserves credit to have dealt with the pressure.