Thierry Henry perfectly summed up Arsenal’s big Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang problem
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Arsenal seem to be in crisis again following yet another hugely disappointing display during their 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Sunday.
The result means they have now won just one of their last six games in the Premier League, and they sit down in a lowly 14th place in the table.
The pressure is beginning to mount on manager Mikel Arteta, with next weekend's north London derby against Tottenham already looking like a hugely significant moment in their season.
The main cause of concern has been a lack of goals, and the Gunners have found the net just ten times in the Premier League all season – with only the bottom four having scored fewer.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was yet again underwhelming against Wolves
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Mikel Arteta shares Thierry Henry's concern over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Much of that is down to the poor form of star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has looked a shadow of his former self ever since he signed a lucrative new contract at the start of the season.
He was once again ineffective in the loss to Wolves, and had just one shot on target and only nine touches in the box.
It seems that when Aubameyang is not firing, neither are Arsenal – and this is a problem club legend Thierry Henry identified after Arteta's first game in charge back in December of last year.
The side laboured to a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on Boxing Day, with Aubameyang scoring his team's only goal.
And speaking to Amazon after the game, Henry said one of their Arteta's main priorities had to be to find a way to win without Aubameyang's heroics.
Thierry Henry was wary about Arsenal's over-reliance on Aubameyang
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"What I’ve seen today is what I’ve seen for a long time with Arsenal," Henry said.
"I don’t think they played well but Aubameyang scored. I’ve seen that so many times.
"[Alexandre] Lacazette should have won it with a good chance but it’s difficult to judge that team right now. They are trying to learn under a new manager so we will see.
"But what I’ve seen today is what I’ve seen for a long time… not that great and Aubameyang scored."
Mikel Arteta is coming under mounting pressure
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At the moment the problem seems to be it's not that great and Aubameyang isn't scoring, meaning Arsenal have a real issue on their hands.
Arteta must somehow either find a way to get his main man hitting the back of a net or get the best out of some of his other goal threats, such as Lacazette or Willian.
If he doesn't do so as soon as possible, it may not be long before he goes the same way as Unai Emery.