Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s contrasting home and away form for Barcelona is a stark difference to his time at Arsenal
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It turned out to be another frustrating night at home for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who failed to score for the third game in a row at Camp Nou as Barcelona lost 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano.
Xavi Hernandez’s side failed to capitalize on Atletico Madrid’s goalless draw with Granada but remain second in La Liga going into the last five games of the season. Real Madrid are the current league leaders and sit 15 points clear at the top, with Sevilla, Real Betis and Real Sociedad making up the top six.
However, Barcelona’s failure to score again at home is concerning, especially after their 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Cadiz earlier in the month. By contrast, Xavi’s men have been sensational away and haven’t lost on the road since January, registering seven wins from 10 appearances.
One factor behind their away form is Aubayemang’s incredible shot streak, with the 32-year-old striker scoring eight times in his first seven Barcelona games on the road. This includes a Valencia hat-trick and goals against Real Madrid, Napoli and Galatasaray.
He managed to score just one away game – a 2-2 draw against city rivals Espanyol where he was substituted in the second half. At home, Aubameyang has scored just twice in nine appearances. That’s quite an impressive record considering he was much better at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal.
In fact, 67% of Aubameyang’s goals for the Gunners have come at home or at Wembley Stadium. 57 of his 92 goals in an Arsenal shirt have come at the Emirates, while he notched a double in the FA Cup semi-finals and final when they won the competition in August 2020.
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The Gabon striker failed to score in the first half of the season away from home in the Premier League as Arsenal struggled for a regular goalscorer. Alexandre Lacazette has failed to fill his void, scoring just six times in all competitions this season and Eddie Nketiah hasn’t quite had the impact some Gunners fans might have hoped for despite netting twice at Chelsea.
But Aubameyang struck four times at home after scoring against Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace – earning the Gunners important points in the process. He missed a few guilt-ridden chances to add new goals to his tally, however, missing a home penalty against Watford and Villa.
He didn’t particularly look like he was going to find the net far, however, and would often be on the periphery, rather than in the box, ready to score goals and make smart runs from behind. Aubameyang recorded a blank at Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion, Leicester City among others earlier this season.
With Aubameyang improving a lot on the road to Barcelona, it’s a trend that may come as a surprise to some people, especially Arsenal supporters after previously recording appalling statistics in away games. The Catalan giants are next in action when they host Mallorca this weekend, with Aubameyang eyeing a return to the scoresheet.