Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang calls out Jamie Redknapp after match-winning brace for Arsenal against Benfica


The Gunners’ skipper clearly does not believe he is ‘past his best’ (Pictures: Getty / Sky Sports)

Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang used his match-winning brace against Benfica to call out pundit Jamie Redknapp over his brutal criticism of the striker last weekend.

The 31-year-old forward played a decisive role in the Gunners’ dramatic, come-from-behind win over Benfica in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday, netting twice in Athens.

Aubameyang had opened the scoring on the night after the first leg was drawn 1-1, but Benfica benefitted from some lax defending and a massive mistake from Dani Ceballos to net twice and take a 3-2 aggregate lead.

Aubameyang scored a delightful dink and an important header (Picture: Getty)

Kieran Tierney pulled a goal back for the north Londoners and then, with time running out, Aubameyang popped up at the far post to net his second goal of the night and secure Arsenal’s passage to the round of 16.

But just a few days earlier, after the Gunners had been beaten 1-0 by Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday, Aubameyang had been described as ‘past his best’ by Jamie Redknapp.

‘When I watch him sometimes, it’s like he’s lost his superpower,’ said the pundit on Sky Sports.

‘I saw him run past people when he first came to the Premier League, I saw him run past people when he was at Dortmund.

‘I’m seeing now a player who looks like he’ll get bullied on every occasion. And he’s your leading light.’

But after netting twice against Benfica Aubameyang clearly felt the time was right to clap back at Redknapp, posting a screenshot of an article carrying Redknapp’s scratching criticism with just one thing alongside it: a crying-laughing emoji.

Aubameyang was in high spirits after Arsenal’s dramatic win (Picture: Instagram)

The post also featured a comment from a fan of Aubameyang which read: ‘The best answer is on the pitch, Auba. Their hate is our fuel.’

Despite his double against Benfica, Aubameyang’s form in front of goal has dipped this season, netting just eight times in 21 Premier League appearances.

Asked about Redknapp’s criticism of his striker before the game, Mikel Arteta said: ‘I didn’t see those comments. I’ve heard about them.

‘I’m here to support every single player and that is what I try to do all the time. I try to give them the best possible advice and when they have a difficult moment, stay right behind them and that’s what we try to do always.’


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