Thierry Henry fears over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming true at Arsenal

Arsenal broke the bank to tie down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a long-term contract.

The Gabonese forward penned a big-money three-year deal after months of speculation surrounding his future.

Last season, he led Mikel Arteta's revival from the front with five Premier League goals after lockdown and doubles in both the semi-final and final of their FA Cup triumph.

Having signed his new deal, Aubameyang got his season off to a dream start with a goal in their rampant 4-0 win over Fulham on the opening day.

But he has found the net just once in seven Premier League outings since with the Gunners registering their worst start to a top flight season in terms of goals since 1998/99.

With Aubameyang struggling to get back amongst the goals and deployed out on the left hand side, Arsenal ’s attacking shortcomings have been laid bare.

And that is something club legend Thierry Henry, their record goalscorer, has been warning about for some time.

When his former team-mate, Freddie Ljungberg, took caretaker charge after the sacking of Unai Emery, shortly before Mikel Arteta’s appointment, Aubameyang saved his side to salvage a 2-2 draw against Norwich.

After the game, Henry said: “Aubameyang scored two goals and we escaped.

"But that's what I saw, you know, without the goals of Aubameyang I don't know where we would have been right now.”

When Aubameyang’s future was up in the air, it was a point reiterated by Henry, despite his refusal to tell the attacker he should stay.

Henry told Sky Sports: “All I know is that we are definitely going to miss his goals if he does leave. He does score goals and if you take the goals of Aubameyang away, it’s a tough one.”

Arteta is now seeing that without Aubameyang’s goals, Arsenal are a side nowhere near as prolific as they need to be to compete at the top end of the table.

However, the Spaniard recently insisted it is a team effort and they must work together to create more openings.

"A team function is a collective thing that we have to do more," Arteta said after their Aston Villa defeat.

"We certainly are getting in some situations, but the end product is something we have to improve and about the position and his movement and where we can find him.

"Of course we can talk about is this the right or wrong place for him, but when things were working and he was scoring that debate wasn’t there.

"What is certain is that with these numbers, scoring this amount of goals is impossible to fight with the top teams so we have to maintain the numbers that we have defensively in our organisation.

"And for sure we have to improve our numbers attacking-wise if we want to be challenging and if you want to be consistent in winning football matches."

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