Perry Groves says Jamie Redknapp was ‘foolish’ to say Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was ‘previous his greatest as he backed the Arsenal striker to surpass 20 objectives once more this season.
Aubameyang scored two essential objectives as his aspect noticed off Benfica to achieve the last-16 of the Europa League on Thursday night.
For big components of the season, he has struggled to search out his greatest type – discovering the online simply thrice within the first 16 video games of the Premier League marketing campaign.
He returned after an absence, for household causes, to hit a superb hat-trick in opposition to Leeds – however that led to the damning feedback by former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp.
“Aubameyang is previous his greatest,” he advised Sky Sports activities. “He’s going to have moments; he’s going to get hat-tricks. However once I watch him typically, it’s like he’s misplaced his superpower.
“I noticed him run previous individuals when he first got here to the Premier League. I noticed him run previous individuals at [Borussia] Dortmund.
“Now I’m seeing a participant who appears like he’s going to get bullied.”
Aubameyang shared a submit on Instagram after the Gunners triumphed over Benfica, by which he responded to Redknapp’s feedback utilizing a laughing emoji over a screenshot of the article.
And Arsenal legend Groves insists the 31-year-old is way from completed on the highest stage.
In reality, he’s sure he’ll finish 2020/21 with a flourish and enhance his purpose tally – at present at 13 in all competitions – past 20 for the third successive season.
“It was good to see Aubameyang show he’s not a busted flush, as apparently Jamie Redknapp mentioned after the Man City recreation that he’s misplaced all his superpower and he’s not the participant he was,” he advised talkSPORT.
“So on that foundation does that imply Jamie Vardy is a busted flush as a result of he didn’t rating final night time in opposition to Slavia Prague?
“He’d missed three probabilities in opposition to Benfica, and somebody who has performed soccer – I do know you need to have opinions – will know Aubameyang is a centre-forward who goes via these patches when he doesn’t rating. That’s it.
“These two objectives he scored final night time, particularly the primary one, was typical Aubameyang. He’ll nonetheless get you 20-25 objectives.
“He’ll find yourself with 22/23 objectives in all probability this season. So to say he was completed was a little bit of a foolish factor to say.”