Mikel Arteta has been told that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks like he "has the hump" at Arsenal, as his early season struggles continue.
The Gunners captain played the full 90 minutes as Aston Villa thumped them 3-0 at the Emirates.
After netting 22 Premier League goals in each of the last two seasons, Aubameyang signed a bumper new deal, ending speculation about his future.
But in the opening eight games of the season, the Gabon international has scored just two goals and has looked increasingly frustrated in recent weeks.
Last week, Arteta admitted that William Saliba was "fed up" at Arsenal, after he failed to secure a loan move and pundit Andy Townsend has suggested Aubameyang is feeling similar.
“Body language worries me," Townsend told talkSPORT. "When I see a shrug and when I see players looking like they’re not that bothered, particularly with their forward players.
“The skipper, looks to me like he’s got the hump and he’s fed up with being wide-left one minute, wide-right the next, maybe up the middle now and again.
“He’s probably thinking: ‘Hold on a minute, I’m the one that has just pen to paper on a new deal. I’m the main man, I’m your skipper. I’ve got more goals in me than anybody else in this club and yet I’m the one flicking it into the box for others to get on the end of it’."
Townsend also took aim at Alexandre Lacazette, claiming he looked like he wanted to be taken off in the second-half of the dismal defeat.
He added: “Lacazette is one of those players to me that, I think, technically, he’s a bit short of being up there with some of the best strikers in the division.
“And yesterday, he looked to me like it was a moan and a shrug, every time the ball didn’t quite get to him.
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“You want to see people, busting a gut and breaking their neck to make something happen. He had a great chance with his head – why he didn’t jump up and stick it in the net, I don’t know."
“You’ve got to have a bit more if you want to get the Arsenal back where they want to be, he’s got to want to do more. And yesterday, he looked like when they were making changes, ‘I know it’s going to be me’. He had that sort of face on, ‘It’s going to be me’, and sure enough, off you come.
“Willian again yesterday, nothing. The front-three were the biggest disappointments in Arsenal and it should be the central element of their team.”
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