The Aubameyang tackle on Crystal Palace’s Max Meyer was simply a poorly timed tackle executed by a striker trying to make a contribution in the wrong direction. It looked bad when it happened and on MOTD slo mo, looked even worse. It was an undeniable ‘ouch’ moment but it was clear from the Arsenal striker’s face that he was devastated by the incident and his subsequent dismissal.
From the time of contact, Aubameyang knew that his fate was sealed, you do as a footballer. The predictable protests from his colleagues and intervention of VAR were no more than a side show drama that delayed the inevitable. Given his goal scoring exploits this season, its evident that Aubameyang has a clear chance to finish the season as the consecutive top scorer in the Premier League and his absence is bound to be felt by the entire team. You can also check some of the wonderful betfred offers given the significant odds on Aubameyang winning the golden boot this season.
For any Arsenal fan attending the game against Crystal Palace, the sending off was clear cut and perhaps, Aubameyang would have been better off leaving the pitch immediately. He went off head bowed, visibly distressed, knowing that his team had to soldier on without their captain and main goal threat.
The Congolese striker is now banned for three matches, but there is some consolation that Gabriel Martinelli may be drafted in to fill the role. If Arsenal had to lose their main goal threat, then now is as good as any time with a ready made replacement that has devastating potential at their finger tips.
It’s not ideal but would you rather hope that Aubameyang was available for the crucial run in ? Of course you would, his goals could be key if Arsenal can’t pull away from the mid table positions.
Martinelli has so much talent and potential that no one knows exactly how good he will become. It’s been claimed that there are shades of Ronaldo and Henry, but this youngster can indeed get close in the coming years.
He has no fear, feels no intimidation and plays with the freedom of an instinctive footballer. Balance, vision and a nose for goal have already put him head and shoulders above anything produced by the Arsenal academy.
He is probably the biggest and wisest purchase Arsenal have made since 1999, when a struggling French player breezed through the doors as a failed winger, low on confidence.
For those presently bemoaning Arsenal’s current plight need to look forward to the next few years of emerging and developing homegrown players that will be spearheaded by Martinelli. He’s now got his chance to shine and will show his worth.