Kanu: Arsenal are “not getting the best out of Aubameyang”

Former Arsenal forward Nwankwo Kanu has urged Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to play in a 4-4-2 formation to get the best of Alexander Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

Having scored 98 goals for heavyweights such as Ajax, Arsenal and Inter Milan, he certainly knows a thing or two about attacking.

The former striker has certainly been looking a close eye on the team, with a long interview with Ladbrokes confirming it.

“Every striker wants to play through the middle, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been sacrificed to suit Arsenal’s system. He’s still managing to score goals from out wide but I know – and Arteta knows – that Aubameyang will want to be playing through the middle.

He added, “The coach knows his quality but because of the system he chooses to operate, they’re not getting the best out of Aubameyang at the moment.

“For me I don’t think it would be a bad idea to go back to a 4-4-2 formation, but Arteta has to have belief in his defenders and midfielders,” said Kanu.

The Nigerian believes that Arteta can unlock the strengths of Lacazette and Aubameyang by playing them together up-top. “At a club like Arsenal, you don’t want to see players such as Aubameyang having to operate as a defender.

“You want to see him higher up the pitch. When you tell him he needs to be a winger, it’s difficult to expect many goals from him because of the work he has to do defensively.

“If I was the coach, I’d be trying to find a system which allows Aubameyang to play further up the field, closer to Alex Lacazette and that’s how you get the best out of both of them. You have to make sure you’re playing to someone as good as Aubameyang’s strengths. Let others do his dirty work for him.”

Yash Bisht


Tags 442 Aubameyang


  1. RSH says:

    Willock making Klopp’s face drop. Love to see it.

    1. Sue says:

      Sweet 👌🤣

  2. Lenohappy says:

    Wilock just scored again.

  3. siamois says:

    Delighted for Joe that’s his 3rd goal for Newcastle!

    1. Sue says:

      👍 At least he won’t be able to play against us Sunday week, Siamois 😅 Although we’ll more than likely do the scoring for them!!!

      1. Skills1000 says:

        lol. Very funny comment Sue. So we now help the opposition score the goals.
        I have not been impressed with our team performances recently. We are a laughing stock now. We just have to hope that things improve. The truth is Arteta is at fault for the situation we are in.
        On many occasions, Martinelli could not get a game time. Saka was overplayed.
        The last game, Martinelli should have started ahead of Nketiah in the number 9 role.

        Back to what Kanu Nwankwo said, I agree with him. The team should fo back to a 352 formation.
        Conte at Inter milan is playing a 352 formation with Lukaku and Martinez playing upfront. They are winning serie A. That is a top manager who knows what he is doing.
        Conte’s Chelsea played Arsenal. In the first half, Arsenal 3: Chelsea 0.
        The guy then reverted to a 3 at the back in the second half of that game and subsequent games, he won the league.
        He is winning SerieA this season.
        We are hoping these players put in a top performance against Villareal over two legs. That will decide our season.

        1. Gabie says:

          @skills1000 I total agree with you . Areta has to leave the club I actual don’t see arsenal winning vs unai , he lost the dressing room ,

  4. Lenohappy says:

    According to transfer market wilock is worth 30million right now.

  5. Pco says:

    He certainly looks a better footballer playing for Newcastle! Why? If he continues for sure he should be with us next season The team needs to be set up so we can get the best out of him, Aubameyang and the other players because the set up is not working right now. Aubameyang was a top goal scorer, what happened??

  6. Durand says:

    Selling him and getting Bissouma would be worth it. However, Willock making quite a case for himself to return and play for Arsenal.

    Makes for an interesting arguement having midfield 3 of Partey, Bissouma, and Willock.

    Selling Bellerin and Nketiah would pay for Bissouma if he wanted to come to Arsenal.

    Question is whether Arteta would get the same performances from Willock, or if his tactics can’t match what Willock brings.

    Questions need to be asked about Arteta’s man management;

    1. Saliba clearly ready & Arteta was dreadfully wrong
    2. Arteta had no clue how to get these performances from Willock
    3. AMN is better midfielder than any bar Partey

    More evidence of how poor his man management is. He is unable or unwilling to play to the strengths of the players he has, and continues to fail trying square pegs in round holes.

    Serious reevaluation needed of players, loaned or not, and manager at end of season. Looking more and more like Arteta is the problem not the players.

    1. Sean M says:

      1. Perhaps
      2. Despite his goals, Willock hasn’t started in the last three games and his defensive stats are horrific.
      3. I think you should watch some more WBA games. He’s had maybe 2 good games and those have been in lateral positions.

      1. Durand says:

        1. Man of the month his first month since he arrived at a new team, and among teams top players almost every match.

        No “perhaps” abou it, maybe you should watch, as you say.

        2. Partey and Bissouma cover the defensive duties while Willock’s late runs can help our woeful attack.

        We have 4 in the back line, Partey and Bissouma in a pivot, we don’t need a 3rd midfielder playing defense like Emery starting 7 defenders like he did.

        3. 2 good games is better than anything Ceballos or Elneny has offered in the midfield. Unless you think Ceballos or Elneny are a better choice than AMN.

        He’s not perfect, but better than Ceballos or Elneny at present.

  7. Baraba says:

    please point out the player arsenal is getting something out of.
    i’ll wait

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