Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “past his best” and has “lost his superpower”, according to Jamie Redknapp.
It has been a difficult season for Aubameyang after he signed a new contract with Arsenal in the summer.
The Gunners captain has not reached his usual levels, scoring eight goals from 21 Premier League appearances so far this campaign.
There were signs he was getting back to his best when he scored a hat-trick against Leeds last weekend. However, he drew a blank upon his next league appearance in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
The result left Arsenal lingering in midtable, with Aubameyang’s inconsistent form one of the reasons for their struggles to kick on from last season.
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp thinks the striker is now past his prime and is even getting “bullied” by opponents.
“I look at Aubameyang… Aubameyang’s past his best,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
“He’s going to have moments, he’s going to get hat-tricks.
“When I watch him sometimes it’s like he’s lost his superpower. I saw him run past people when he first came to the Premier League, I saw him run past people when he was at Dortmund.
“I’m seeing now a player who looks like he’ll get bullied on every occasion.
“And he’s your leading light. The likes of [Bukayo] Saka and [Emile] Smith Rowe, they’re the ones leading the way, it’s the other players who I feel have got to step up more.”
Gulf between Arsenal and City
Arsenal would have needed all their players at their best to have got a result against the winning machine that Man City have become recently.
Redknapp believes the difference between the two clubs was the number of star players at their disposal.
“I look at that team, at that squad, and I’ve said it before: until you invest,” he continued.
“It’s a mismatch today. Look at the squads of the two teams. Look at the two centre-backs.
“[Rob] Holding does a good job. But we’re talking about a team that is full of great players and one team with one or two.”