TalkSPORT pundit Andy Townsend admitted he “felt sorry” for Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the game against Arsenal on the weekend.
Chelsea suffered yet more pain in the Premier League on Sunday, losing 1-0 to London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
It was a league meeting where the hosts offered very little as an offensive threat, so they’re now down to seventh in the division standings.
For Aubameyang, the 33-year-old had a very quiet performance against his former club before being substituted off during the second-half by Graham Potter.
The £10million striker couldn’t make his mark on the contest against Arsenal.
Aubameyang against Arsenal
Townsend has suggested that Aubameyang was let down by all his teammates against the Gunners because the service into the forward line was poor.
When discussing Aubameyang, Townsend told talkSPORT: “I felt sorry for him [against Arsenal] because the service he got was rubbish. He never got anything… I felt a bit sorry for Aubameyang. He had four touches in the first-half.”
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink explained after Chelsea’s loss to Arsenal that Aubameyang showed a lot of great movement without any actual reward.
Aubameyang, along with his fellow Chelsea forwards, just can’t quite seem to find top gear together.
There’s been some really positive flashes of attacking play so far during Potter’s opening couple of months in charge, but the weekend was an alarming reminder that the forward line can look isolated at times.
There’s definitely a creative link missing on the pitch, with the absence of injured star Reece James even more important than some may have imagined.
Aubameyang would surely be a lot more excited in the penalty box if he had James delivering from the right wing.
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