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Ian Wright talks about growing pressure on Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Sam Preston December 23, 2020
Ian Wright talks about growing pressure on Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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BBC pundit Ian Wright claims Arsenal being down near the bottom of the Premier League creates a different type of pressure for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabonese superstar has missed the last two games with injury but before that, he was struggling for form.

Wright told the Wrighty’s House Podcast that he wouldn’t want to be in Aubameyang’s position now.

He doesn’t know how he’d have coped with the pressure of needing to score goals to stay up rather than to push on for trophies.

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“Aubameyang’s been down there with a team that’s not meant to be down there (Borussia Dortmund in 2015),” said Wright.

“He’s the captain, he has to score goals. I’ve never been in this situation, where if you don’t score them, you’re getting dragged closer and closer to the mire.

“I don’t even know how I would react to trying to score goals if you miss it means you’re into the mire. Can you imagine as a forward? Going out and if you don’t take that chance – and I’m not getting many – I have to take it.

“That makes me nervous – that would make me nervous going into a game, being at Arsenal now knowing I have to take chances which are not being made. They have to go to a place where they’re not thinking about the ramifications if they lose.”

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Wright knows what the pressure of leading the line for Arsenal is like but he was never in a situation like this.

Aubameyang is in a situation typical of strikers in struggling sides. He’s not getting many chances and those he does get have to be scored.

He won’t be used to that, although he has at least experienced it once before with Borussia Dortmund five years ago.

It shows how dire the situation is when even Wright wouldn’t have huge confidence in himself to slam home the goals Arsenal need.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.