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Much of the blame has been placed for Arsenal’s poor season so far has been placed on star striker Aubameyang, who has scored just five goals in 15 games across all competitions. Despite his woes this year, Nigel Winterburn insists he’d have him in a squad also featuring the likes of Thierry Henry.
Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has made a surprise claim about Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Winterburn played for Arsenal from 1987 until 2000, making 440 league appearances for the club, and began to see the makings of the side that would go on to become the Invincibles.
The Gunners have fallen since then though, and despite their FA Cup success last summer, are not the force they once were.
Much of the blame has been placed on star striker Aubameyang, who has scored just five goals in 15 games across all competitions this season.
And when asked whether the Gabon forward would get into a pre-2000s Arsene Wenger side, Winterburn admitted that he while would not displace Ian Wright or Thierry Henry, he would still probably make the bench.
“Who would I put him in for?” he told Fantasy5. “Would I put him in instead of Ian Wright? Would I put him in instead of Thierry Henry? I don’t think many people would take that hit.
“I’d have him in the squad. I’d have Bukayo Saka in the squad, for sure. There’s probably a couple more.”
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Winterburn was also asked which players he played with would get into the current team, to which he replied: “It’s a completely different game and completely different style of football now. Do I think the players I played with could play today? Yes, I do.
“I’ve played with some sensational players in terms of teamwork in ’89 under George Graham when we won the league. I don’t think at that period of time when you look back that individually we would have been classed as the best team.
“But as units throughout the pitch we had the most desire to win a game of football that season, I have no doubt in my mind.
“We went on to have the back four we did, then back five with David Seaman. Tony Adams would get into any of these Arsenal teams, most of the players would.
“I enjoyed it all. The learning curve under George (Graham) was incredible and how he bonded us into a unit. In terms of pure football, I absolutely loved playing Arsene Wenger’s style of football and particularly that ’98 double team when you look at the likes of Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Marc Overmars, Nicholas Anelka – I mean, boy oh boy.
“The players that came in were incredible and were huge for the football club.”
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