Data behind Aubameyang absence shows that Arsenal could be better off

As fresh training update hints at major fallout, stat shows Arsenal could be better off without AubameyangAs fresh training update hints at major fallout, stat shows Arsenal could be better off without Aubameyang

The data behind the absence former captain

Arsenal has finally climbed into the top-four in the Premier League for the first time since 2020, and have done so in style of late on the back of wins against Southampton and West Ham.

The key for Mikel Arteta’s men is that they have looked every bit of a top-four side in the process, and have done so without the presence of former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Moving aside the uncertainty surrounding the Gabonese international’s future in north London, the focus must remain on the performances that Arsenal have put in without their star striker; not just over the last two matches, but historically.

According to recent data compiled by OptaJoe, not only are Arsenal averaging more points-per-match without Aubameyang, but a higher win rate as well.

There is no denying the goalscoring prowess of the former Borussia Dortmund hitman, after his initial breakout season in the Rhône valley with Ligue 1 outfit AS Saint-Étienne back in 2011-12.

But his true prominence as one of the leading center-forwards in Europe did not bubble to the surface until he smashed 25-goals in the Bundesliga under Thomas Tuchel in 2015-16 ,in the wake of Jürgen Klopp transitioning him from wide-man to number 9 the season prior during the Winterpause.

Despite the key goals that he has bagged for Arsenal since his arrival in the January window during the 2017-18 campaign, the numbers do not lie; Arsenal has a better collective success rate without the 32-year-old.

Damning training update throws increased doubt on Arsenal future

If Arsenal is better off without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when data alone is factored in, perhaps Gunners fans may want to prepare themselves for the possibility that they will have to part ways with the divisive center-forward in the near future, after fresh updates around his status in the first-team was revealed earlier today.

According to multiple reports from the Telegraph as well as the Daily Mail, Aubameyang has been completely banished from first-team training at London Colney.

This comes in the wake of the Gabonese star being seen arriving at the club’s training base one-and-a-half hours before the rest of the Arsenal squad today, throwing fresh doubt into whether or not he will remain at the Emirates beyond the January transfer window.

Spanish giants Barcelona are said to remain keen on bringing Aubameyang to the Camp Nou as Xavi looks to find a solution to their lack of options in the number 9 role, but if the data is anything to go by, Arsenal should be just fine without him.

This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 17 31 41
2 Liverpool FC 17 35 40
3 Chelsea FC 17 27 37
4 Arsenal FC 17 1 29
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 -1 24
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 17 -15 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 17 -19 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Raphinha Leeds United 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 5

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