'Offered nothing': Cascarino claims Arteta should have hooked 'predictable' Arsenal man yesterday

Sam Preston December 7, 2020
'Offered nothing': Cascarino claims Arteta should have hooked 'predictable' Arsenal man yesterday
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Tony Cascarino has criticised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s north London derby performance.

In the Times, the former Ireland striker compared the Gunners captain with Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

He said it’s the England skipper he would want in his side and suggested Mikel Arteta should have hooked Aubameyang yesterday.

Kane netted the second goal in the 2-0 win, while Aubameyang struggled badly to make an impact, having just 21 touches in 90 minutes.

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“In Kane, José Mourinho has a forward who is defender, midfielder and attacker rolled into one,” he said. “He made three headed clearances, assisted Son Heung-min for Tottenham’s first goal and scored the second.

“Compare this with Aubameyang, who offered nothing defensively for his team, did not create a single chance and mustered just two shots, both of which were off target. Aubameyang is offering so little to this team.

“He spent most of the match sat between the Tottenham centre halves, giving them little trouble with his predictable movement. I would not have blamed Mikel Arteta had the Arsenal manager taken him off.

“On last night’s evidence, there is only one player I’d want in my side.”

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There’s a combination of reasons for Aubameyang’s struggles right now.

Arsenal aren’t making enough chances, but he also isn’t doing enough and he looks low on confidence to boot.

It’s a huge dilemma for Mikel Arteta. Aubameyang is his biggest goal threat and he needs to get more from him rapidly.

Otherwise, Arsenal’s goalscoring woes will continue into the festive season – and they already sit 15th.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and 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 Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.