The captain came under fire after Arsenal's defeat to City
The captain came under fire after Arsenal’s defeat to City (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal hero Kevin Campbell has refuted Jamie Redknapp’s claims that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ‘past his best’ and has ‘lost his superpower’.

The usually prolific Gunners captain has only found the back of the net eight times in the Premier League this season, with three of those goals coming in the 4-2 victory over Leeds earlier this month.

Aubameyang was an isolated figure in his favoured central striking role as Mikel Arteta’s side slipped to a 1-0 defeat to league leaders Manchester City last weekend, and after the game, former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp gave a damning assessment of the 31-year-old.

Redknapp suggested the striker is'past his best'
Redknapp suggested the striker is ‘past his best’ (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Aubameyang is past his best,’ Redknapp told Sky Sports. ‘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.

‘I saw him run past people when he first came to the Premier League. I saw him run past people at Dortmund. Now I’m seeing a player who looks like he’s going to get bullied.’

But former Gunners striker Campbell feels Redknapp’s criticism is ‘not fair’ and insisted Aubameyang needs better service in order to thrive.

‘Of course that is Jamie Redknapp’s opinion, which he is entitled to but in my opinion it is not a fair criticism,’ Campbell told Football Insider.

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.’

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