Martin Keown insists Mikel Arteta had RIGHT to make ‘big statement’ dropping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Slavia Prague clash after Arsenal’s anonymous performance in Liverpool’s wretched defeat
According to Martin Keown, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sent a crucial message to his players by dropping captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Thursday night.
The Gunners forward was a major low point in what Keown described as ‘the most disappointing performance under Arteta’, as Liverpool pushed a lackluster Arsenal aside on Saturday.
Willian came to replace Aubameyang in the quarter-final of the Europa League with Slavia Prague, with the captain coming in in the 1-1 draw in the 78th minute.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was benched by Mikel Arteta for Arsenals’ Slavia Prague clash
The striker had a miserable game against Liverpool and was one of the worst players
The Gabon international injected energy into the squad, with Keown insisting it was ‘the real Aubameyang’ who appeared despite missing a sitter.
However, the ex-Gunners’ central defender still believes Arteta was right to drop his star man.
“It’s a big statement,” Keown went on BT Sport.
He recently left him out because he was late for training. Now it’s for his performance, and that’s more important to me.
Martin Keown believes Mikel Arteta sent a message to his players by dropping the skipper
Aubameyang came over and missed a nanny, but gave his team a lift with the energy he brought
It sets a bigger example and the players know that no one is exempt from being chopped aside if the captain is dropped. I think that’s right.
“ We know his mom is not doing well so we don’t want to be critical, but when you get on the field you have to be professional and he’s a little lacking in the performance he’s capable of.
“There are now opportunities for someone else.”
The Gunners conceded a last-minute equalizer at the Emirates and gave Slavia a crucial away goal for next week’s return game in Prague.