BBC Sport pundit raves about in-form Arsenal star

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Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his important winning goal in Arsenal’s 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.

Arsenal twice trailed the visitors at The Emirates before Aubameyang stepped up to fire home a brilliant free-kick in the 84th minute to secure all three points for the home side.

The 30-year-old has been in brilliant form this season, scoring six goals in the Premier League so far to help the Gunners up into fourth place in the table.

He has also netted once in the Europa League for Unai Emery’s men to bring his total to seven goals in seven games so far this term.

BBC Sport pundit Crooks has been hugely impressed by what he has seen from Aubameyang so far this season – but he feels that the Gunners are too reliant on the Gabon international.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “Arsenal find themselves in the top four and it’s all down to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“Since his arrival at the Emirates he has rescued Arsenal’s often abject performances and made them palatable.

“Their game against a plucky Aston Villa who seem to be slowly adapting to life in the Premier League, although it might be a little too slow to survive in the Premier League, was poor and they rely far too much on the Gabon international.

“I’ve seen this before when managers use strikers as a get out of jail card and the moment the striker’s goals dry up they are the first out the door.

“Arsenal owe Aubameyang and when he is struggling, and he will, give him a little latitude.”

Arsenal are in League Cup action on Tuesday night when they host Nottingham Forest at The Emirates in the third round.

They will then switch their attentions towards their crunch Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday 30 September.

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