Jack Wilshere has hailed former Arsenal teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a “dream” to play with.
The Gabon international drew a blank in his team’s 1-0 defeat to West ham at lunchtime on Saturday but Wilshere explained why the January 2018 signing is such a special player.
“For a midfielder he’s the dream,” Wilshere told Sky Sports during their coverage of Arsenal’s Premier League clash against West Ham on Saturday. “He makes runs and gets frustrated when midfielders don’t find him, but he does it consistently throughout the game.
“He’ll make three or four runs a half that are crying out for a ball to be put in behind. Defences in the Premier League will hate that. As a centre-back, the last thing you want is a quick player who runs in behind and he does that.”
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 12, 2019
As someone who played with Aubameyang for half a season, Wilshere is well placed to gauge his calibre and ability to strike fear into opponents. The blisteringly quick striker did not add to his 14 league goals for the season against West Ham, although he always looked the most likely source of a goal for the visitors. Since signing from Borussia Dortmund for £56million, Aubameyang has scored 24 goals from 33 league appearances, proof of a special player. But even the best of the best need top service and, as Wilshere suggests, the Arsenal spearhead gets very frustrated if his teammates behind him can’t spot his runs and execute the right pass. You can bet your life the striker will head home later today with the hump on. The Arsenal midfielders, apart from perhaps Alex Iwobi, were all well below par against West Ham, and it was a damning indictment that Granit Xhaka was hauled off 14 minutes into the second half after the visitors went a goal behind.