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Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘was messed around’ by Emery last season, claims Garth Crooks

Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘was messed around’ by Emery last season, claims Garth Crooks

‘He was messed around last season’ – BBC pundit commends Arsenal striker for weekend performance

Garth Crooks has praised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the striker scored a second winner in as many weeks for Arsenal, while suggesting he was poorly treated at the Emirates Stadium last season.

Aubameyang smashed in an emphatic winner for Arsenal against Burnley on Saturday lunchtime as the Gunners kept up their perfect record for the season ahead of a trip to Anfield next weekend.

Though while including the Gabon striker in his Team of the Week for the second week running, former Spurs player Crooks hinted that Aubameyang could have become frustrated by the way Unai Emery treated him last season, suggesting Arsenal are lucky to still have him at the club as a result.

He said (as per BBC Sport): “Arsenal are very lucky to have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He was messed around last season by Unai Emery and some players might have said ‘shove it’.

“He was often the chief architect of Arsenal’s victories in the big games last season. Burnley are not a big club but they are not afraid of those that are. The Clarets had enough chances to get something out of the match and should have done.

“However, with Aubameyang in his current form it was inevitable the Gabon international would put Burnley to the sword and he did.”

While Aubameyang’s impressive form for Arsenal is not denied by Crooks, his notion that he was messed around by the manager is surely a more contentious issue.

It’s fairly difficult to understand Crooks without getting the man himself to elaborate, but considering that the striker played in all but two of their Premier League matches last season (as well as every game in the knockout stages of the Europa League), it can hardly be a question of game time.

13 of his 51 appearances (via Transfermarkt) were spent on the wing last year, although he still notched seven goals when deployed out wide – but could this be where his supposedly poor treatment stems from? The mind boggles.

Whatever it is, the forward’s current form is surely too good to risk upsetting Arsenal’s free-scoring striker.

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