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‘Nobody is bigger than the club’: Arsenal legend Lee Dixon wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to remain on bench

Pete Lynch December 29, 2020
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Arsenal legend Lee Dixon says that star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should remain on the bench for the club’s upcoming matches.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Gunners defender said that no single player is above the club, specifically singling out the striker.

Aubameyang was on the bench in the club’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Boxing Day, the club’s first win in eight matches in all competitions.

And Dixon suggested that more time away from the starting XI will benefit both player and manager over the busy festive period and indeed for the rest of the season.


“Look from the sidelines”

“Nobody is bigger than the club,” said Dixon. “And maybe Mikel Arteta might look at the game at the weekend and say, ‘we did create some chances, we did this’.

“It might just do Aubameyang a bit of good to have a little step out of the team and just look from the sidelines.

“When you watch a game from the sidelines you can sometimes learn more than you do when you’re on the pitch.”

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Absence of goals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal in miserable campaign so far

The Gunners sit 15th in the current standings, with just five wins to their name this season. 

They’ve scored just 15 goals from their 15 matches, with Aubameyang netting just three times from his 13 appearances.

He’s now missed his club’s last two matches, and Dixon believes further time away may allow the striker to come back stronger than ever.

“He’s obviously a hugely talented footballer and we need his goals, but it might be a time for him just to look and assess the team,” added Dixon.

“If they win their next two games and he doesn’t play then he could come back firing. That rest might do him good.”

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Freelance sports journalist from Derry/Londonderry with experience at Sky Sports News and the International University Sports Federation. Huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan.