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INSIDE OPTA: Three games, Zero goals and zero assists – Aubameyang looks lost under Unai Emery

20:31 BST 25/08/2018
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Gabon international has struggled horribly under the Gunners’ new manager in the English topflight

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now failed to score after three games in the new season, a detestable return for a striker of his calibre. Following his inability to score in Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over West Ham United on Saturday, it’s time examine what is going wrong.

In his debut season, the former Borussia Dortmund sharpshooter hit target 10 times from 13 games – including four goals from three games before the Fifa World Cup.

This term, however, he has found his scoring form halted, with new Arsenal manager Unai Emery powerless to find an antidote to his frustrating run.

Auba looks to have lost his Midas touch, having managed three shots on target in the three Premier League games he has played so far this season for the north London side: 255 minutes in total.

Against the Hammers, the 2015 African Footballer of the Year offered very little with one shot on target and 37 passes, before making way for super-sub Danny Welbeck after 75 minutes.

Aside from the fact that he is playing under his second manager at Emirates Stadium, it is difficult to explain Aubameyang’s noteworthy drop in form.

Perhaps he is less comfortable with his new team’s playing pattern under the Spaniard.

Notwithstanding, the 29-year-old has the quality to rediscover his scoring form as he will certainly get a fair share of action on matchdays, but he must start firing on all cylinders as soon as possible to show the world that the 'real' Aubameyang is not a faded memory.