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Aubameyang faces criticism after Sunday’s win

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Arsenal got away with all three points against Aston Villa at Emirates on Sunday.

The fight was tough for Emery’s team, with being a goal and a man down. However, they managed to turn it around in a spectacle that ended 3-2 for Arsenal.

One of the heroes of the reversal was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese scored the winning goal, bringing some positive spirit to North London.

However, not even Aubameyang is saved from critics after a big win.

When Arsenal got a penalty with 10 men and 1-0 down, Aubameyang decided to give it to Pepe.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Burnley FC at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Aubameyan is the usual penalty taker, so this decision was a tad bit unusual. When asked about it, Emery said:

“Yes, it’s Aubameyang who is responsible for penalties.

“Also [Alexandre] Lacazette, and today for me is a very big decision from Aubameyang to let Pepe shoot to give him confidence and the possibility to score.

“Really, the responsibility is Aubameyang and I was happy when I saw that decision from Aubameyang,” as per Express.

However, not everyone shares Emery’s sentiments. At Premier League Productions, Tim Sherwood hit a hard criticism at Aubameyang for giving the penalty to Pepe:

“I’m not happy with it.

“Stick to the plan, you are the penalty taker, stick to the plan.

“You’re not a pub team, you’re not in the Sunday League where you think ‘I’m going to help my mate out, you can take this one because I’ve scored a few goals this year’.

“You’re behind in the game, you need that goal.

“Stick to the plan, the plan is on the board – Aubameyang takes penalties.

“And all of a sudden he just says to his mate ‘go on you have a go this time’.

“Unless he didn’t fancy it for whatever reason but don’t just give it to him because you want to give him a leg up and go on and get his career started at Arsenal – put the ball in the back of the net, let him create his own chances.

“Not a chance [Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero would do that]. I don’t want nice men, I want winners.”

It’s clear that Sherwood doesn’t approve Aubameyang’s move at all. However, Arsenal fans won’t mind, as their new signing got on the scoresheet for the first time.

The Gunners will try to keep a good streak going as they face Nottingham tonight at 7:45 BST.