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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has failed to deliver for Arsenal since signing a new contract.
The former Borussia Dortmund forward has been the star performer at the Emirates since he joined the club back in 2018, but his recent efforts have proved to be rather fruitless in front of goal.
The 31-year-old has gone five Premier League games without finding the back of the net having started the season in fine form with a goal in the victory over Fulham.
Mikel Arteta is likely to be slightly concerned by the return – considering Aubameyang’s ability.
In his 86 league appearances for the club before his recent contract extension, the Gabon international scored 55 goals and laid on 12 assists, with a ratio of only 127.6 minutes per strike.
Since the deal he has only managed a single assist and no goals across five appearances.
Aubameyang ended speculation over his future by agreeing a new three-year deal back in September, to the delight of both Arteta and Arsenal supporters.
The manager said after the announcement: "He's a superb player with an incredible mentality. Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working.”
Earlier this week former Tottenham striker Darren Bent mentioned the apparent drop in form of the striker, going as far as saying that he looks like a completely different player.
While on talkSPORT, he said: "There has been a drop-off.
"You look at his form in the semi-final and the final of the FA Cup last season, the Community Shield and his performance against Fulham – he was arguably one of the best strikers in the Premier League, probably the best.
"But since he signed that new contract, it might be a coincidence, but he’s looked a shadow of himself.
"He’s missed big opportunities in games, he’s not working with the same intensity, he doesn’t look like he’s enjoying it as much.
“Listen, confidence is massive in a striker. It is with any player, but particularly with a centre-forward, when you’re used to scoring as many goals as he is and then you suddenly stop scoring, it can be a little bit of a concern.
“But I think it’s even the workrate as well.
“You remember, he was putting shifts up and down, he was all over the place, but he’s been nowhere near that level recently.”
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