The Gunners lost to Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night, when their attacking problems were clearly visible, but £72m man Nicolas Pepe failed to get on the pitch
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s struggles in front of goal have been there for all to see this season.
The Gabon international has just four goals in the Premier League so far this season and was dropped in favour of Alexandre Lacazette for Monday night’s loss to Everton – although the Frenchman didn’t do much better.
With their problems in attack ongoing, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has fired a warning to Nicolas Pepe following the game, while Dermot Gallagher has explained why Ben Godfrey was not punished for stepping on Takehiro Tomiyasu’s face during the first half.
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Ref explains Godfrey decision
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has explained why Everton defender Ben Godfrey wasn’t punished for stepping on Takehiro Tomiyasu’s face at Goodison Park on Monday night.
The incident sparked a wave of fury from Gunners fans, with Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville claiming Godfrey “definitely” meant to make contact with his opponent, while Jamie Carragher said he was “a very lucky boy” to stay on the pitch.
But Gallagher says the game’s referee Mike Dean and the match’s VAR officials were correct for not punishing the Everton player for one reason.
Arteta’s Pepe warning
With his attack misfiring on Monday night, it wasn’t £72m man Nicolas Pepe or club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who Mikel Arteta turned to but Eddie Nketiah.
Pepe, who joined in a £72m move from Lille in 2019, has struggled for form in a Gunners shirt this season and remained sat on the bench for the entire game on Monday night.
His boss Arteta has now fired the forward a warning – and it appears clear exactly where the player needs to impress in order to claim back a place in the starting XI.
Attacking problems laid bare
Alexandre Lacazette’s frustration at Goodison Park was perfectly clear during the Gunners’ loss at Goodison Park.
Deprived of any real service, the Frenchman foud himself dropping further and further back to try and get himself on the ball, and he was seen waving Kieran Tierney up the pitch as he pleaded for support.
It showed that Aubameyang’s problems in front of goal may not entirely be of his own doing, although the Gunners captain is guilty of having missed some big chances in recent weeks, and point towards other issues for Arsenal up front.
The stats back that up as well.