Kevin Campbell has leaped to the defence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Jamie Redknapp claimed the Arsenal striker has “lost his superpower”.
The former Gunners and forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 31-year-old is “not the type of player who can put the team on his back” and needs service to show his class.
Aubameyang was rarely involved at the Emirates on Sunday as Manchester City beat Mikel Arteta’s side 1-0, courtesy of a Raheem Sterling goal after just three minutes.
In light of the performance, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp said the Gunners’ star striker has “lost his superpower” and is “past his best”.
The Gabon international has scored 11 goals in 25 appearances across all competitions this season.
When asked whether the criticism aimed at Aubameyang was fair, Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs:
“Of course that is Jamie Redknapp’s opinion, which he is entitled to but in my opinion it is not a fair criticism.
“Arsenal blow hot and cold too often. Against Leeds, Aubameyang was sharp and he scored a hat-trick but against Manchester City they did not look right. As an attacking force we were just not there.
“I understand what Jamie Redknapp is saying but Aubameyang is not the type of player who can just put the team on his back and carry them. He needs service and the service was poor.”
Speaking on Sunday, Redknapp told Sky Sports: “Aubameyang is past his best.
“He’s going to have moments; he’s going to get hat-tricks. But when I watch him sometimes, it’s like he’s lost his superpower.”