Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should relinquish the captaincy to help rediscover his form, this is according to former Aston Villa and Chelsea star Andy Townsend.
A return of just four goals in all competitions this season has left many not pleased with him. His equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Southampton last Wednesday was his first goal from open play in the Premier League for over three months.
The former Borussia Dortmund star scored 29 goals in all competitions last term and led Mikel Arteta’s side to FA Cup glory with a brace in both the semi-final and final of the competition, however, it has been a completely different story for the 31-year-old this season.
He signed a new contract in September to keep him at Arsenal until 2023, but has struggled ever since. Aubameyang was made captain by Unai Emery in November 2019 after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the armband.
Townsend reckons giving up the captaincy would help the attacker concentrate on scoring goals, rather than the extra responsibility the armband brings “since they gave him his deal, since he’s become captain, he looks like a different man,” Townsend told talkSPORT.
“He got his goal against Southampton, I watched him score that goal and I like to see him in a position where you’ve got a chance to get a goal. All this stuff where he’s drifting out wide and he’s crossing balls for others, I don’t get that,” he added.
The striker missed Arsenal’s Premier League loss to Everton as well as Tuesday night’s embarrassing cup loss against Manchester City at home. Arteta is already under fire for not having consistency in results.
The Spaniard has lost four of his last six games in all competitions and only won one while drawing the other.
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