Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed one of the easiest chances he’ll ever find in Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw against Benfica, side-footing a first-half shot wide of an open net from just outside the six-yard box.
The Gunners only mustered one goal despite creating abundant opportunities in front of net. The Gunners likely need to win the continental competition to qualify for the Champions League next year given their positioning in the domestic table, and they now face a tense second leg against their Portuguese opponent next week.
Aubameyang has, however, apologised for his wastefulness on social media following the match.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang apology
“We deserved better and I should Score couple goals today but still one Game to Go we keep going,” Aubameyang wrote on Twitter.
Arsenal gaffer Mikel Arteta has however reacted to his missed chances saying, “Well, these things happen,” Arteta said. “He was at the end of the biggest chances that we had tonight.
“He was unlucky not to score two or three tonight because in normal circumstances that would be the case.”
Aubameyang was already under fire for an alleged breach of Covid-19 protocol in an incident still under investigation, so his lacklustre outing against Benfica only added to the sour mood around him. If the Gunners crash out of Europe next week, much of the blame will likely target the Gabon international.