Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has seemingly responded to a pundit who claimed that the Arsenal striker has shown a “massive drop-off” since signing his new contract.
Darren Bent claimed on talkSPORT that Aubameyang’s performance levels have taken a hit since he secured his future.
The Gabon striker ended lengthy speculation last month by signing a new three-year deal.
Writing on Instagram (via the Daily Mirror), however, Aubameyang appeared to hit back at Bent with a cryptic message.
The 30-year-old wrote: “A lot of bla bla. At the end we speak as usual.”
Despite scoring two goals this season, neither strike came after the forward put pen to paper on new terms.
But Bent told talkSPORT that other aspects of Aubameyang’s game suggest a drop-off.
The pundit said: “Before he signed his contract he was absolutely everywhere – running back, tracking back, putting tackles in, breaking forward.
“There was a real hunger and intensity to his game. At the minute, you can see there’s been a massive drop off. I don’t know if it’s coincided with the new contract, but you can tell that he’s not playing with the same intensity that he had before.
“When you focus so much on getting a new deal like Aubameyang did, you’ll run that extra yard and make that extra effort.
“When he sits down now and analyses his performances before and after the contract he’ll see that there’s been a massive change.”
Aubameyang yet to get up to speed
Aubameyang finished last season with 22 Premier League goals and 29 in all competitions.
What’s more, he played a crucial role in helping Arsenal win the FA Cup, scoring in the semi-finals and final.
More recently, though, his only top-flight goal has come in the opening-day 3-0 win over Fulham. Prior to that, his strike and winning penalty secured the Gunners victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield.
However Arsenal have made a bright start to the season, with three wins from five Premier League games.