The 30-year-old twice came to the rescue for the Gunners, scoring twice, as they battled to a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road in Freddie Ljungberg’s first game in charge of the club.
Crooks was very impressed: “Fortunately they have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who couldn’t save Unai Emery’s job but did save Arsenal’s blushes against Norwich at Carrow Road,” he wrote on the BBC Sport website.
“The Gabon international kept his cool under enormous pressure to finish with a retaken penalty and then pulled the Gunners from the brink of defeat with a sensational finish. However, Arsenal’s performance under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg was far from convincing. As for their defending? Well that was a joke.”
How good was Aubameyang on Sunday?
This was a proper performance from the Arsenal captain. On a day when so many of his teammates wet the bed, so to speak, he stepped up to the plate and delivered.
Poor Arsenal defending bailed out – somewhat – by the lethal finishing of their top class frontman. Sound familiar? Yep, it was the same old story for the Gunners. No matter whether it’s Emery or Ljungberg, the old frailties were exposed by the Canaries.
However, Aubameyang did his bit. As per WhoScored.com, he had just two shots on goal on Sunday, yet he came away with two goals. He also managed one key pass and one successful dribble on his way to a team-leading 7.88 WhoScored rating.
The big problem for Arsenal now will be keeping hold of their skipper. There will no doubt be interest in his services, and they may not be able to retain his services for much longer if their slide continues.