Owen Hargreaves has urged Mikel Arteta to play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a central striker after the Arsenal captain put in a lacklustre performance on the wing in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night.
The Gunners lost their first game of the season at the hands of the champions at Anfield, getting outclassed in every area of the pitch.
Alexandre Lacazette fluffed the chance to get Arsenal back on level terms at 2-1, firing an effort straight at Alisson when through on goal.
Aubameyang was ineffective on the left-wing, starved of service and barely able to get into the game with Arteta’s side seeing little of the ball.
Despite scoring 22 times in the Premier League from the same position last season, former Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder Hargreaves believes the Gabon international should play as a No.9, which would mean dropping Lacazette to the bench.
‘Maybe drop Lacazette, play Aubameyang at the top, [Bukayo] Saka can play as an attacker, as a wing-back,’ Hargreaves told Premier League Productions.
Given the performances of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny at Anfield, Hargreaves backs the Gunners’ approach to strengthen their options in the middle of the park.
‘They didn’t have much possession Arsenal and I just thought they were a bit light in the centre of the park,’ he added.
‘Elneny and Xhaka, I don’t think that works against Liverpool and that’s probably why they’re trying to address the centre of the park, whether that’s [Thomas] Partey or Aouar, I think they need somebody in there.’