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Thierry Henry Perfectly Predicted Arsenal's Current Problems Nearly A Year Ago

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Thierry Henry Perfectly Predicted Arsenal's Current Problems Nearly A Year Ago

Thierry Henry might as well have been looking into the future, as he summed up Arsenal's current problems nearly a year ago.

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Arsenal limped to a 2-1 loss to Wolves on Sunday evening, despite Nuno Espirito Santos' side losing Raul Jimenez early to a head injury.

It means the Gunners have won just once in their past six Premier League games and are currently sat in 14th place in the table, with just four wins in their opening 10 games.

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Most of their problems come from goalscoring, with just West Brom, Burnley, Fulham and Sheffield United, the bottom four, having scored less in the league than Arsenal.

A lot of that is down to the lack of form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and, speaking last year on Boxing Day, Thierry Henry told Amazon Prime that winning without the Gabon striker playing well was always going to be an issue.

"What I've seen today [Boxing Day 2019] is what I've seen for a long time with Arsenal.

"I don't think they played well but Aubameyang scored. I've seen that so many times.

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"[Alexandre] Lacazette should have won it with a good chance but it's difficult to judge that team right now. They are trying to learn under a new manager so we will see.

"But what I've seen today is what I've seen for a long time... not that great and Aubameyang scored."

Aubameyang has a shot against Woles. Image: PA Images
Aubameyang has a shot against Woles. Image: PA Images

Last season the 31-year-old scored 22 times in the Premier League and finished the season in great form, scoring six times in the club's final four games, including a brace in both the FA Cup semi final and final.

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He scored in the opening two games of this season, including in the Community Shield win on penalties vs Liverpool, but his form has since fallen off a cliff.

He signed a new contract early in the season and his only two goals since the opening day win over Fulham have come against Rapid Wien in the Europa League and against Manchester United from the penalty spot.

Aubameyang celebrates his goal against United. Image: PA Images
Aubameyang celebrates his goal against United. Image: PA Images

The former Borussia Dortmund forward isn't the only one to be having issues in front of goal, with Alexandre Lacazette having only scored three times, all in his first three appearances in the league.

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Centre back Gabriel, who scored Arsenal's only goal at the weekend, is level with Aubameyang on two goals this season as the club's joint second top scorer.

Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe all have one each and Arteta will need to work a way to get more goals from elsewhere is Aubameyang isn't going to get back to his previous form.

Next up for Arsenal is the first north London derby of the season against table toppers Spurs, with fans back in the stadium.

What Arteta wouldn't do for his best player to return to form on Sunday.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Premier League, Arsenal, Wolves, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mikel Arteta, thierry henry

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