‘We’re literally giving goals away’ – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang criticises Arsenal performance against Watford


The Gunners frontman scored twice but only left Vicarage Road with a point (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has expressed his frustration at Arsenal’s defensive collapse against Watford on Sunday, though says the attack also take some of the blame.

The Gabonese frontman got his side off to the perfect start at Vicarage Road, scoring twice in the first half, but the home side rallied to draw 2-2 and might even have won the match.

While Watford peppered Bernd Leno with 31 shots, both goals were entirely avoidable; the first trying to play out from a goal kick, the second a penalty after a rash David Luiz tackle.

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Arsenal have now conceded eight goals in their first five games of the new Premier League campaign – only five teams have let in more – and Aubameyang admits the defence needs to shape up.

Asked about Arsenal’s collapse, the former Dortmund striker told Canal Plus: ‘Obviously we didn’t expect that. We knew that they were going to try and come back with good intentions, of the kind they demonstrated in the second half.

‘Sadly, we were not able to deal with them well. I feel like we are literally giving goals to the opposition, it is up to us to progress in that respect.’

Despite his criticism, Aubameyang did not want to point the finger and felt Arsenal had enough chances of their own to kill off the match regardless of their frailties at the other end of the pitch.

He continued: ‘I don’t want to accuse anyone, you could say that us the attackers could have killed the game off and score a third goal.

The game started so well for Aubameyang as he notched a quick-fire brace (Picture: Getty)

‘So I am not going to say it is someone’s fault. It is a shame to concede goals like we did.’

On the absence of strike partner Alexandre Lacazette, who will not return to action until October, he added: ‘I think it affects us. We know very well that he brings us so much in these sorts of games.’





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