Even the best strikers can have off-days, and it’s not unfair to say that in the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was guilty of missing good chances to get his first goals of the new season.
The 29 year old blazed over after being set up by Hector Bellerin, before poking wide, two opportunities a player of his calibre would normally be expected to tuck away.
With his track record however, you’d back him to score those most other days, and boss Unai Emery believes the goals will come for the former Borussia Dortmund man.
Speaking ahead of the Gunners clash with West Ham on Saturday, he said that his team will focus on creating the goalscoring opportunities, knowing Aubameyang will finish them off.
“The first is to create chances, situations and attacking moments where the player arrive in the box and with the balance to use the small space the opposition gives us,” he said.
“And then, I am sure they are going to score if we create a lot of chances in the game. The first idea for us on Saturday is to create these chances and then the players’ confidence for starting to arrive in the box, to score.
“Maybe the players can not score three good chances in one match and on another day, I am sure they are going to do maybe the same chances in one match and score three.
“For that, Aubameyang is a player who, in his career, has scored a lot and he is going to do that here also.”
With three points a must on Saturday, it’d be a good time for the £55m man to find his shooting boots.