Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s incredible miss for Arsenal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle has left commentators and pundits scratching their heads.
The Gunners have been in good shape the past few months and Mikel Arteta’s side appear to be very mobile towards the top. But they will need their talismanic skipper Aubameyang to quickly overcome his incredible lack if they are to climb the standings.
The Gunners finally found a way thanks to a well-crafted goal from Bukayo Saka. And a sublime finish by Gabriel Martinelli – as a sub – helped direct them to the points.
However, they could have and should have been ahead at halftime if Aubameyang had put on his shooting boots.
After a great job from Saka on the left, his cross saw the recalled Martin Dubravka make a nice save to deny Emile Smith Rowe.
The ball then fell invitingly on Aubameyang three yards from goal, but someone managed to pull their effort against the post.
No one in the ground could barely believe what they had seen – and left the commentators on duty stunned.
Indeed, BT SportDarren Fletcher claims that the miss had nuances of the famous miss of the cult star of Liverpool Ronny Rosenthal for Liverpool at Villa.
“It’s the kind of dud that makes Ronny Rosenthal walk the streets with his head held high again,” Fletcher joked.
Steve McManaman on the co-comms was also appalled by what he had witnessed.
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âI can’t believe he missed this. Instead of hitting him with his foot, he sort of pulls himself off his toe. He knows he should have buried her.
In terms of sympathy for the Gunners forward, McManaman added, âIt happens! The main thing is that he continues to put himself in the right place.
In a comedic exchange, McManaman then said, âMartin Keown said Aubameyang would score two today. Now, there’s one right there.
Miss Aubameyang soon forgotten
Arsenal were quick to forget about the misfires as goals from Saka and Martinelli brought in the points.
And Martinelli’s strike, so quickly, after coming off the bench, made commentators purr.
âWhat an introduction. It’s his first contact, I think. A pretty delicious strike, âbeamed Fletcher.
“He’s got it in his locker,” McManaman added. âI’m delighted for him, he’s had a very difficult time with injuries, but it’s a little reminder of what he can do.
âIt was a quality goal. I really enjoyed it. “
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