Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has defended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, following criticism of the club captain's recent form.
Since signing a big-money contract in the summer, Aubameyang has endured a tough time on the pitch. He has only managed nine goals in 25 Premier League games this season, a significant drop off compared with the 22 he managed in his first two full campaigns at the club.
Off-field problems have also plagued the striker. Most recently, he contracted malaria while on international duty, while he missed a portion of the season to deal with a family matter.
"To listen to the criticism of him is not easy because he has done so much for the club. He saved us last season, he is a great goalscorer. So I think we cannot critic a player like Auba on his recent form," he said.
“I do not think his recent form has been that bad because he really helped the team and scored a lot of goals in the last few games. I think sometimes people are a bit hard with him. But I guess it happens with a great player."
Aubameyang's drop off has been surprising as he ended last season in rampant form, bagging a brace in both the semi-final and final of the FA Cup to help the Gunners win the competition.
He has not been the only senior player to underperform for Arsenal this season either. Big-money signing Nicolas Pepe has manage just five goals in 23 league games, while Thomas Partey has endured a stop-start campaign due to injury.