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Mikel Arteta has responded to Jamie Redknapp’s claim that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “past his best”.
Arsenal captain failed to make an impact during the club’s 1 – 0 defeat to Manchester City, with Raheem Sterling scoring the winning goal for his side.
After the match, Gunners’ man faced heavy criticism from Redknapp, who said:
“Aubameyang is past his best. He’s going to have moments; he’s going to get hat-tricks.
“But when I watch him sometimes, it’s like he’s lost his superpower.
“I saw him run past people when he first came to the Premier League. I saw him run past people at Dortmund. Now I’m seeing a player who looks like he’s going to get bullied.
“He’s your leading light, but the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, they’re the ones leading the way.”
And Arteta has responded to the former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder’s comments, saying:
“I’m here to support every single player and that is what I try to do all the time.
“I try to give them the best possible advice and when they have a difficult moment, stay right behind them and that’s what we try to do always.
“I think the best way to talk is always on the pitch.
“Seven days before when he scored the hat-trick and he could have scored four or five against Leeds, he was again the main man.
“He could have scored a hat-trick against Benfica easily with his qualities and it would have been different.
“At the end [of the day] it’s about putting the ball in the back of the net for him and that’s how he gets joy.”