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Martin Keown: Aubameyang is not to blame for Arsenal's current woes.

Arsenal haven’t been able to secure a win in four Premier League games and Aubameyang has managed to register just two goals so far this season.

Aubameyang has managed to register just two goals so far this season. [Getty]
Aubameyang has managed to register just two goals so far this season. [Getty]

Keown believes Arteta will help Aubameyang rediscover his goalscoring form.

Ex-England international Martin Keown insists that Arsenal’s below-par form isn’t Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's fault and has urged his former side to improve "collectively".

Gabon striker Aubameyang has been heavily criticised for the Gunners’ poor form and bore the brunt when they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend. 

The north London derby loss left Mikel Arteta’s side sitting in 15th spot in the Premier League table after securing 13 points from 11 games.

However, ex-Arsenal defender Keown believes Aubameyang isn’t getting the right service at this point and reckons Arteta will find a way to turn their current fortunes around.

“It’s never about one player. I saw enough [against Spurs] to suggest that Arsenal have improved, they had 70 percent possession," the 54-year-old told Stadium Astro as the Daily Mirror reported.

"This is about Arsenal losing a game that they tried to win and they were naive.

“You can talk about crosses, you can talk about how you create them, I feel Arteta will find a way to do that. As well as they did Spurs, soaking up pressure, Arsenal can obviously do a lot better.

“That is not just down to Aubameyang. Yes, we need him to improve.

"The chances that Arsenal create, I think they are 20th, they are not scoring enough goals – just 10 from the start of the season.

“It’s all there but they are going to have to do it collectively. I don’t think we need to dig out one individual, it’s about the team now coming together, creating opportunities, and staying in games long enough to win them with Aubameyang.

“I don’t think he’s getting the sort of chances that he thrives on. I think we waited until the 85th minute until we got Aubameyang in that position where he uses his pace and can finish.

“I’m not going to attack any one individual player, I think it’s about the collective. Yes he has to start scoring goals, yes he needs to do something inspirational, but he needs help from everyone else around him."

Keown added: “He [Aubameyang] needs to retain his confidence and at the moment the confidence is ebbing away from the group.

“It’s not just Aubameyang, it’s about the manager. All these crosses into the box doesn’t suit Aubameyang, he wants the ball to feet, where he can do damage.

“It’s quite difficult for him when he realises he can’t count on those behind him. It’s a two-way show in any team. Aubameyang needs more, and to give more.”

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