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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry slams Arteta decision to substitute Aubameyang: ‘Something is not right there’

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Thierry Henry has criticised Mikel Arteta for substituting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when Arsenal were searching for a late equaliser against Manchester United, insisting that “something is not right there”.

The Gunners captain was replaced by Alexandre Lacazette with 12 minutes to play at Old Trafford on Thursday night with his side trailing 3-2 following Martin Odegaard’s finish either side of a Cristiano Ronaldo brace after Emile Smith Rowe’s bizarre opening goal - that came with David De Gea lying injured on the pitch - had been cancelled out just before the interval by Bruno Fernandes.

It had been another tough night for Aubameyang, who had chances to score but has now gone five successive Premier League matches without a goal - a run that dates back to October 22.

The Gabon international also provided an astonishing close-range miss in the 2-0 win over Newcastle last weekend, while three of his seven goals so far this term came in the same match - the 6-0 thumping of Championship side West Brom in the Carabao Cup back in August.

Arteta’s late changes proved to be in vain as Arsenal slipped to a frustrating defeat at Old Trafford and afterwards Gunners icon Henry questioned the decision to replace a player of Aubameyang’s influence at such a critical time.

“Aubameyang is your captain. He is your goalscorer,” Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer said in his role as a pundit with Amazon Prime Video.

"You put him as your captain. 15 minutes to go, you’re losing 3-2 and you take him off. 3-2 away from home, you need a goal and you take your captain, your symbol, off the field.

"You know he can score you goals so something is not right there."

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