As has been the case on more than one occasion in recent years, Arsenal find themselves struggling to get the best out of a player they have just given a big-money contract to.
The Gunners were desperate to tie down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new deal after his heroics at the back end of last season, and did so in September to the tune of £350,000-a-week.
While the 31-year-old has showed signs of improvement in recent weeks, netting his first Premier League hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Leeds, the striker managed just two league goals in his first 12 appearances this season.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has been widely criticised for his performances this season
The Gabonese striker has failed to find his best form after signing a big-money contract
He faced criticism after missing several big chances in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Benfica in the Europa League last week, and though he is far from the only player to underperform this season, Aubameyang’s performances have led to debate over whether this could be something more than a blip in form.
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