Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has claimed that striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has let the Gunners down in front of the goal against Sporting Lisbon.

The Gunners were held to goalless draw at the Emirates to Sporting in the Europa League group stage on Thursday night.

The Gunners manager Unai Emery has started Danny Welbeck as a centre-forward but he played just 30 minutes before he suffered an ankle injury.

The England international was replaced by Aubameyang but the Gabon striker missed a number of chances in the second half.

Therefore, Keown has claimed that he was not impressed with the former Borussia Dortmund’s performance following Welbeck injury.

“Aubameyang really let them down a little bit in front of goal,” Keown said on BT Sport.

“He’s a player I rate really very highly, he was taken off against Liverpool and didn’t seem happy with that.”

“And I think tonight, with the injury, it caught him out more than anybody else.”

“He wasn’t ready mentally and I think on another night he would have put these chances away.”

“(Henrikh) Mkhitaryan is a player that really looks out for him, they seem to have this telepathic link up.”

“He knows this ball is coming and when you see this from the other angle, this should be a goal.”

“He’s the closest thing to Thierry Henry that I’ve seen since he left the football club, he really is that good,” the pundit added.

“Someone should be in his camp pushing him on, dragging it, drawing that performance out of him.”

“He is a special talent, scores lots of goals and it’s just a hunger, getting to boiling point. I don’t think he was there tonight.”

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