Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s woes in front of goal continued on Monday night as the misfiring Arsenal striker spurned an open goal against Newcastle.
The Gunners captain, who bagged 22 league goals in his last two seasons, has just three in his opening 17 top-flight matches this campaign.
Aubameyang has struggled for form this seasonGetty Images – Getty
His dramatic dip in form has corresponded with a desperate struggle for Arsenal in general, with Mikel Arteta’s men managing just 20 goals in the first half of the season.
And that showed no sign of changing in the first-half against the Magpies as the 31-year-old missed from just a couple yards out.
Bukayo Saka provided the inspiration yet again with a superb piece of skill, before his fizzed cross took a deflection and ended up at the feet of Aubameyang, who got himself in a muddle and hit the post.
It’s fair to say that last season, the Gabon striker would’ve gobbled that up.
Aubameyang managed to miss from hereSky Sports
Aubameyang signed a huge new contract with the Gunners at the start of the season which saw his salary increase to around £350,000-a-week.
And former Chelsea striker Cascarino feels Auba could be heading the same way as Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal have been trying to offload him since last summer, but have struggled due to his huge £350,000-a-week contract before finally agreeing to pay Ozil off over the weekend so he can join Fenerbahce.
Comparing Aubameyang to Ozil, Cascarino told talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast: “I feel really awkward about Arsenal and talking about Aubameyang because I’m talking about a guy with an incredible goalscoring record.
“But he hasn’t had (a good) one this year and I’m feeling like it’s Ozil 2.0.
Ozil ended his Arsenal contract early to join FenerbahceAFP or licensors
“They’ve given him this ridiculous contract that’s so big, even though we all might go, ‘it should have been done, he’s been brilliant, he’s played such a high level of football that he’s got to be given the crown jewels’.
“But I’m not convinced Arsenal will keep going down this road of paying these players a wage that is way above other players at the football club.
“They’ve overpaid players who have been playing well, and even players that have played well at other clubs are coming in and upping their wage structure to a real division.
“I can see some players getting huge money and at the lower end being quite a long way apart.
“I think that is going to be an issue that he will have to adjust. There’s definitely problems for Arsenal that you can see have to be resolved.”
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