Arsenal icon Thierry Henry has questioned the decision by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta to take off Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Thursday’s 3-2 Premier League defeat to Manchester United.
The Gunners made perfect start to the game and found themselves inside 13th through Emile Smith-Rowe controversial strike, but in the stroke of half-time, Bruno Fernandes equalized.
Cristiano Ronaldo then put Manchester United ahead with his first of the night in the 52nd minute, before Martin Odegaard pulled the sides level again.
Ronaldo then converted a penalty in the 70th minute to give the Red Devils the lead again.
With 15 minutes to go, Aubameyang was replaced by Edward Nketiah with Alexandre Lacazette also coming on for Smith Rowe. But the move by Arteta did not go down well with the former strikers.
‘One thing I couldn’t understand is, Aubameyang is your captain, he is your goalscorer, you put him as a captain,’ Henry told Prime Video as quoted by Daily Mail.
‘Fifteen minutes to go, you are losing 3-2, and you take him off. 3-2, away from home, and you take your captain, your symbol, off the field, and you know he can score you goals. So something is not right there.
‘[Arteta] has all the right in the world to take him off but if I’m captain, I’ll be going on the bench I’m not playing well but that shows ‘do they still trust me?’