Troy Deeney claims that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang does not show willingness to score goals.
The Arsenal captain has only scored twice in 10 games since signing a new three-year contract at the Emirates.
His drop in form coincided with Arsenal losing four of their last six Premier League games.
And Watford forward Deeney was concerned about Aubameyang’s move in the club’s last setback, a 2-1 loss to Wolves on Sunday, meaning the Gunners made their worst start to the season in 39 years.
He told talkSPORT: “I watched him closely to see, does he show a willingness to go and score a goal? And the answer to that at the moment is no.
“When you go through a bad patch you start to come back a little bit more… he gets away from the goal.
“So when you’re in a good vein of form you’ll always find yourself in the six-yard box because you go, ‘there will be a chance here’ and the ball starts to fall. [to you].
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“When you go through a small drought, you naturally start to stray from the goal.”
Asked by talkSPORT host Laura Woods why that is, Deeney replied, “A lack of confidence.
“Your head is starting to go, ‘if I have one I’m actually going to miss it because I haven’t scored in so long’ more than being in great shape and going, ‘I’m just going to hit it and it’ll go in ‘.
“You naturally see people go back or they go left or right and they get off the mark a bit. I see him start to do that.