Arsenal’s biggest flops so far this season as Aston Villa inflict fourth league defeat

Arsenal were roundly beaten by Aston Villa at the Emirates on Sunday night in a shock 3-0 result.

After doing so well to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford last week, all that hard work has been negated by their latest loss.

The defeat is their fourth in the Premier League in a poor start to the campaign.

The Gunners had been touted as potential dark horses after beating Chelsea for the FA Cup and Liverpool in the Community Shield.

Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester have also beaten Mikel Arteta’s men to leave them 11th in the Premier League.

But who are their biggest flops so far this year?

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Nicolas Pepe

Nicolas Pepe hasn’t lived up to expectations yet
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It is hard to put a finger on what has gone wrong for Pepe this season after he started to show why Arsenal paid £72m for him towards the end of last season.

But the Ivorian simply cannot get in Arteta’s team and when he does make a cameo appearance, he does nothing to change his mind.

The pressure is on Pepe, who is should be hitting some form of consistency at 25.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has struggled of late in the Premier League
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Since the striker signed a new contract, putting to bed any speculation on him leaving, Aubameyang has been a shadow of his former self.

Usually so reliable in front of goal, it has been a different story this season after netting just twice in the Premier League.

Arsenal have not looked anywhere as good going forward and the fact the Gabon international’s goals have dried up have been a large part of that.


Willian joined Arsenal after leaving Chelsea in the summer
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After joining from Chelsea on a free transfer, many commended Arsenal for landing a well-experienced player for nothing.

But despite not paying a penny, many Gunners supporters believe they have been robbed.