Arsenal news: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang SLAMMED after Danny Welbeck injury | Football | Sport
Arsenal were held to a disappointing goalless draw at home to Sporting in the Europa League.
The point means the Gunners have qualified for the knockout stages, but a serious injury to Danny Welbeck marred the match at the Emirates.
The England forward was stretchered off in the first half after receiving several minutes of treatment to his leg.
And Keown believes Aubameyang, who came on as a substitute for Welbeck, was affected by the injury.
The Gabon international missed a number of chances in the second half to get the winner for his side.
“Aubameyang really let them down a little bit in front of goal,” Keown said on BT Sport.
“He’s a player I rate really very highly, he was taken off against Liverpool and didn’t seem happy with that.
“And I think tonight, with the injury, it caught him out more than anybody else.
“He wasn’t ready mentally and I think on another night he would have put these chances away.
“(Henrikh) Mkhitaryan is a player that really looks out for him, they seem to have this telepathic link up.
“He knows this ball is coming and when you see this from the other angle, this should be a goal.”
Keown says Aubameyang is a similar player to Arsenal great Thierry Henry.
However, he believes the forward needs to be pushed on to perform at his best every game.
“He’s the closest thing to Thierry Henry that I’ve seen since he left the football club, he really is that good,” the pundit added.
“Someone should be in his camp pushing him on, dragging it, drawing that performance out of him.
“He is a special talent, scores lots of goals and it’s just a hunger, getting to boiling point. I don’t think he was there tonight.”