Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has admitted that he has been disappointed with the impact that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had since moving to Arsenal.
The striker joined the Gunners at the end of January on transfer deadline day, in a £56 million move from Borussia Dortmund. He has made five appearances in the Premier League, and already scored three goals, including one at the weekend in the 3-0 win over Watford.
However, speaking before that game, Jamie Redknapp said that he had expected more from the Gabon International, and fears that he has become complacent, just like a number of his new teammates.
“I think if he costs £60million you want him in the team, he scored last week (against Brighton), but he hasn’t hit the heights yet. I have got to be honest, I’ve been a little bit disappointed,” said Redknapp.
“I thought he would come into the Premier League – I think he’s almost caught the bug of what has happened to the rest of the players, a lack of confidence, not really playing with any zip that we expect him to come into this league.
“He’s wearing that number 14 shirt, he’s not really covered it in glory yet, if I’m honest. I remember somebody who used to,” referencing Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who was also in the studio at the time.
“I think probably we will see the best of him next season. You are talking about a tremendous talent, but I do want to see a lot more, if I’m honest.”
Aubameyang is not in action for the Gunners again until 1st April, with him being ineligible for Arsenal’s Europa League game against AC Milan on Thursday.