Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not happy with Joe Willock during the loss to Brighton.
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was “totally out of order” with his on-field criticism of team-mate Joe Willock in last Thursday’s loss to Brighton, claims former Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino. Aubameyang was seen angrily reacting to a misplaced pass from Willock in the first half of the match at the Emirates.
Arsenal top-scorer Aubameyang made a run but academy graduate Willock failed to find the Gabon international.
Aubameyang made his feelings clear as he was seen shouting at the 20-year-old.
But Cascarino does not think that reaction from Aubameyang was warranted, especially to a youngster in the squad.
“There was an incident with Willock on Thursday night where he takes a bit of stick from Aubameyang, which I thought was totally out of order,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“[Willock’s] looked for a pass, it isn’t on, Aubameyang’s gone to make a run and he’s given the ball away, Willock.
“Aubameyang’s berated him. A young kid coming into the game. I thought [it was]totally out of order.”
Arsenal went on to lose the match to Brighton 2-1 thanks to a late Neil Maupay goal.
The Gunners are now winless in their last nine games in all competitions and are 11th in the table ahead of Monday’s trip to West Ham.
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Arsenal sacked head coach Unai Emery last month but that has not led to an upturn in results.
But Cascarino says the problem at the Emirates is higher up than the manager and that owner Stan Kroenke is at the centre of their issues.
“Arsenal, their problem, is right at the very top, the Kroenkes,” the pundit added.
“[It’s] where Ellis Short was at Sunderland, where Randy Lerner was at Aston Villa, where they don’t feel they are part of the club.
“They have people come in and look after the club but they’re not necessarily involved. They might argue they are.
“When Stan Kroenke sent his son over the year before to have a look at the football club, see where [Arsene] Wenger was – you should know as an owner, you shouldn’t need to send other people.
“You should know exactly where your football club is.
“Arsenal have fallen way behind the eight ball, from the very top. It’s filtered down to what’s happened on the field.
“I watched them against Brighton and I was shocked at some of the things that happened.”
Arsenal are still without midfielder Dani Ceballos for the trip to West Ham due to a hamstring injury.