In their Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon, Arsenal was beaten 1-0 by Manchester City. The only goal of the game was scored by Raheem Sterling in just the second minute.
Finding space in the box, the Man City winger guided his header past Bernd Leno. Although the score-line shows that the match was close, on the day Arsenal were comfortably second best. Very little was produced by them, with Ederson rarely tested in the City goal. In particular, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a rather quiet game.
In a 50/50 challenge in the second half that summed up his day, John Stones sent him soaring. And after the match, Jamie Redknapp slammed the Gabonese striker, saying he was ‘past his peak’.
“I’m looking at Aubameyang, he’s past his best,” he said. He’s going to have moments, he’s going to get hat-tricks, it’s like he’s lost his superpower when I watch him sometimes. I see a player now who is going to be bullied on every occasion.”
It’s fair to say that Redknapp isn’t Aubameyang’s biggest fan. To be honest, he does have a point, even though he’s a little harsh.
Aubameyang is only a few months away from his 32nd birthday, priced at £ 36m by Transfermarkt, and he does not seem to have the rate he used to have.
The moment Stones kept up with him and then sent him to the floor, shows that a move or two might have been lost. But that is to be expected, considering that he is in his thirties now. Maybe he isn’t as good as he used to be, but he’s still a good player capable of scoring Arsenal goals. But if the Gunners are going to qualify for Europe this season, he needs to do better than he did against Man City.