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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang “has passed his prime” and has “lost his superpower,” according to Jamie Redknapp.
It has been a difficult season for Aubameyang after he signed a new contract with Arsenal in the summer.
The Gunners captain has not reached his usual levels, scoring eight goals in 21 Premier League appearances so far this season.
There were signs that he was returning to his best when scored a hat-trick against Leeds last weekend. However, he was left blank about his next league appearance in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
The result left Arsenal in the middle of the table, with Aubameyang’s inconsistent form as one of the reasons for their struggles to start last season.
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp believes the forward is past his prime and is even being “bullied” by opponents.
“I look at Aubameyang … Aubameyang’s past is his prime,” Redknapp said in Sky sports.
“He’s going to have moments, he’s going to get hat-tricks.
“When I look at him, sometimes it’s like he’s lost his super power. I saw it happen to people when it first came to the Premier League, I saw it happen to people when I was in Dortmund.
“Now I see a player who seems to be bullied every time.
“And he is your main light. The likes of [Bukayo] Saka and [Emile] Smith Rowe, they are the ones leading the way, it is the other players that I feel have to go one step further. “
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Gulf between Arsenal and City
Arsenal would have needed all of their players in their prime to get a result against the winning machine that Man City have recently become.
Redknapp believes that the difference between the two clubs was the number of star players at their disposal.
“I look at that team, that squad, and I’ve said it before: until you invest,” he continued.
“It is a mismatch today. Look at the squads of the two teams. Look at the two centrals.
“[Rob] Sustain does a good job. But we are talking about a team that is full of great players and a team with one or two ”.
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