Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a golden chance during the Gunners’ 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, and former club favourite Ian Wright made his feelings known
Bukayo Saka broke the deadlock early in the second half, with Gabriel Martinelli doubling the lead moments after coming off the bench to cement the London side’s advantage.
It was a comfortable victory in the end, but there were moments in the first half when the Gunners looked like they might be made to rue missed chances.
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was one of the guilty parties, missing the target from close range when it seemed easier to score, and former Arsenal favourite Ian Wright was uncompromising in his assessment of the former Borussia Dortmund man.
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Aubameyang hit the outside of the post from close range with the scores still level, ensuring the teams went in all-square at half-time.
The Gabonese forward was under no real pressure when Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka pushed an Emile Smith Rowe header into his path, but he contrived to miss the target.
Wright felt Smith Rowe should have scored himself, but had stronger words for Aubameyang’s contribution.
“But this [Aubameyang’s miss], there’s no excuse for that. I don’t know what to say.
“He thinks it’s foregone in his mind, but he’s actually missed the goal. It’s hit the outside of the post. For me, it’s an unforgivable miss.”
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Aubameyang has now gone four games without a goal for Arsenal, having netted three times in the four games before that.
Arsenal have only scored 15 themselves in the league, the same number as the Newcastle side who stayed bottom of the table after their defeat in north London.
However, while Wright was critical of the captain, he was more positive about goalscorer Martinelli.
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The Brazilian took less than two minutes to find the net after replacing Saka, and Wright – who scored more than 180 goals for the Gunners in his playing days – spoke of the difficulty of the chance while questioning Dubravka’s role.
“That’s very difficult when it’s coming over your right shoulder,” Wright said of Martinelli’s volley.
“The goalkeeper should be in his face knowing he’s got to take his eye off that and he wasn’t close enough.
“It’s a great finish and a great ball from [Takehiro] Tomiyasu, but he’s got to be closer.”
Martinelli’s goal was his first of the season, with the Brazilian mostly restricted to appearances from the bench.
Newcastle, meanwhile, remain 20th after a 13th league game without victory this season, with new manager Eddie Howe facing an uphill battle to keep them afloat.