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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s agent has criticized the way Arsenal have been playing this season in a post on social media.
Not only did Arsenal lack shine in Sunday’s 2-0 North London derby loss to Tottenham, they lost it entirely. It felt like they could have played for hours and never violated the Spurs defense.
The Gunners haven’t offered much all season, ranking 17th in goals scored (10). When Sky Sports coverage of the derby featured a graphic depicting Arsenal’s offensive woes this season, Aubameyang’s agent Kwaku Mensah posted an Instagram story with the caption: “If you create chances …”
The chart adds that Arsenal are 18th in shots on target and 20th in opportunities created. However, Arteta revealed in his press conference after the defeat how his side plans to change things.
“Scoring goals, very simple,” he said, via football, london. “We need to score goals. If it’s not unsustainable. No matter what we do in other departments of the field, if we don’t score goals we can’t do anything. We need to get the ball into the no, urgently.”
One method Arteta has been using to try and score goals is by crossing. Arsenal made 44 crosses at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, bringing their Premier League tally this season to 225, the third highest in the division.
When Arteta was asked if he has the right players (like Aubameyang, who is not an objective man) to make this style work, the Spaniard insisted.
“Yes, you can also see it in the opportunities that we have created,” he added. “A cross does not just mean an aerial center. There were many good parts where we penetrated the penalty area numerous times, only to find the last pass or the final ball and the goal went in, we did not hit it, they blocked it, a lot was going to happen things.
“If we generate it every week we will win football matches. At the moment it seems that we have to do a lot to score a goal.”
Arsenal are now 15th in the Premier League, seven points above the relegation zone.