Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Bernd Leno are two of the biggest stars at Arsenal. The Gabonese hitman was signed during the reign of Arsene Wenger in January 2017 while Bernd Leno was signed during the reign of Unai Emery from Bayer Leverkusen for 19 million pounds.
Both players are under huge pressure and have faced a lot of criticism over their performances since last season. Mostly, fans thought it was just a dip in form for the German goalkeeper and Gabonese striker but most are now realising that their declined performances are not due to form and it has always been the deficiencies in their overall game.
But why didn't fans notice this at first? Recall that Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Bernd Leno were in contention for Arsenal's player of the season award in 2018 before the Gabonese striker eventually won it and both players were hailed for their outstanding performances. Here are the reasons why fans didn't realise at first and are just starting to notice the deficiencies in both players' overall game.
For Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, fans were mostly attracted to his goals under Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery. The Gabonese striker was never a complete centre-forward and was very average with the ball at his feet.
But all his deficiencies were masked with the high amount of goals he scored. Now that Mikel Arteta's tactics require an all-round striker, the deficiencies in his game like build-up, close control and aerial presence have appeared and that's why fans are just noticing it.
For Bernd Leno, the German goalkeeper has always been a world-class shot-stopper right from his days at Bayer Leverkusen. Under Unai Emery, Arsenal faced a lot of shots from opponents like the 31 shots conceded against Watford FC.
Because this was an area where Bernd Leno excelled, he had no problems with exciting fans with his stunning reflexes. Now that Mikel Arteta's tactics have reduced the number of shots Leno faces his deficiencies in other goalkeeping aspects like handling, claiming crosses and communication have appeared and fans are just noticing them.
Under Unai Emery, fans were drawn to their most outstanding quality and now that other areas of their game are required under Mikel Arteta, fans start to realise that both Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Bernd Leno have major deficiencies in their overall game.
The Spanish manager has already replaced Bernd Leno with 24 million pounds signing Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United and rumours are circulating that he is looking for a striker who can provide him what he needs for his tactical set-up.
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