Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s incredible miss for Arsenal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle had commentators and pundits alike scratching their heads in bewilderment.
The Gunners have been in solid form in recent months and Mikel Arteta’s side appear very much upwardly mobile. But they will need their talismanic skipper Aubameyang to quickly get over his incredible miss if they are to climb the table.
The Gunners eventually found a way through thanks to a well-crafted goal from Bukayo Saka. And a sublime finish from Gabriel Martinelli – on as a sub – helped steer them to the points.
However, they could and should have been ahead at half-time had Aubameyang had his shooting boots on.
After some great work by Saka down the left, his cross saw the recalled Martin Dubravka pull off a fine save to deny Emile Smith Rowe.
The ball then fell invitingly to Aubameyang three yards from goal, but he someone managed to fire his effort against the post.
No one in the ground could scarcely believe what they had seen – and left the commentators on duty stunned.
Indeed, BT Sport‘s Darren Fletcher claims the miss had shades of cult Liverpool star Ronny Rosenthal’s famous miss for Liverpool at Villa.
“It’s the kind of miss that makes Ronny Rosenthal walk down the street with his head held high again,” Fletcher joked.
Steve McManaman on co-comms was also aghast at what he had witnessed.
How did Aubameyang miss 🤯
Is this the miss of the season?pic.twitter.com/5JAgrMLeZE
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“I can’t believe he’s missed that. Instead of striking it with his foot, it kind of comes off his toe. He knows he should have buried it.”
In words of sympathy for the Gunners striker, McManaman added: “It happens! The main thing is he continues getting in the right place.”
In a comical exchange, McManaman then said: “Martin Keown said Aubameyang would score two today. Well, there’s one of them right there.”
Aubameyang miss soon forgotten
Arsenal were quickly able to forget all about the miss as goals from Saka and Martinelli brought home the points.
And Martinelli’s strike, so quickly, after stepping off the bench, had the commentators purring.
“What an introduction. That’s his first touch, I think. A quite delicious strike,” Fletcher beamed.
“He’s got that in his locker,” McManaman added. “I’m delighted for him, he’s had a really tough time with injuries but that’s a little reminder about what he can do.
“That was a quality goal. I really enjoyed it.”