Clinton Morrison has suggested that nobody can blame Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for stalling over signing a new Arsenal deal.
The 30-year-old Gabonese international is understood to be dragging his heels over putting pen to paper on a new contract in North London, as per The Times.
And Sky Sports pundit Morrison has argued that the Gunners’ lack of success in recent times has contributed to his dissatisfaction.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “Do you blame him though?
“He’s gone there and he’s scoring goals week in, week out, he thinks they’re going to challenge for the title. They’re not challenging for the title, I think they’ll struggle to finish in the top four.
“He’s gone there to win trophies and the club are not living up to his expectation, but he’s delivering on the football pitch.”
"Do you blame him!?" ?
"He's gone to Arsenal & thinks they're going to challenge for the title." ?
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 28, 2019
Is Aubameyang in the right?
Unfortunately, he probably is.
If the hitman was failing to score goals then you could argue that he wasn’t pulling his weight, and that Arsenal’s current form was partly his responsibility.
But the fact of the matter is that he is prolific as ever, scoring eight in 13 in the Premier League so far this term.
His overall Whoscored rating is at the lowest it has ever been during his time in England, true, but his form has hardly gone off a cliff, and you would struggle to find any Arsenal player who is thriving this term.
The striker is 30 now, and is rapidly running out of time to win trophies before his career begins to wane. Arsenal feel like a lengthy rebuild job at the moment, and if there is interest from a side who can offer him immediate success, you can understand why Aubameyang’s head might be turned, whether you agree with it or not.