Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang told to learn from Sheffield United's 'great modern striker' who is 'like Liverpool's Roberto Firmino'

He’s the Premier League’s second-top goalscorer this season and arguably one of a handful of Arsenal players pulling their weight as the hangover from Unai Emery’s spell looms large over the Emirates Stadium.

Monday, 16th December 2019, 12:00 pm
Updated Monday, 16th December 2019, 4:46 pm

But Tony Cascarino, the former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker, believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can learn a thing or two from Bramall Lane favourite David McGoldrick.

“Some were unhappy with my criticism of Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when I said his attitude was poor,” Cascarino wrote in The Times.

“But there is one man in the Premier League today who helps to prove my point and that’s Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick.

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“He hasn’t scored a league goal this season but he’s in Chris Wilder’s team nearly every week. Why? Because he is a team player and a perfect example of why a modern-day forward has to be about more than scoring goals. His contribution is huge — he defends from the front, terrorises defenders, makes clever and selfless runs to create space for his team-mates.

“He is similar to Roberto Firmino at Liverpool — not in terms of ability but in terms of his value to the team as a whole.

“McGoldrick is a great modern striker — I’m sure the goals will come — and the likes of Aubameyang could learn a lot from watching him play.”

McGoldrick’s wait for a Premier League goal went on at the weekend as he was denied by Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton, in United’s 2-0 victory. But he did set up John Fleck’s second goal with a sublime pass over the Villa defence.