Date: 5th March 2018 at 1:19pm
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a shadow of him former self.

That’s according to Arsenal legend Alan Smith who is concerned about the form of Arsenal’s record signing.

The 28 year-old arrived at the Emirates in January from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of £55m. The Gabon international has scored twice in his four appearances, but has struggled for chemistry with his new teammates.

Aubameyang netted during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Birghton on Sunday. But Smith admits he’s disappointed with what he’s seen from the striker so far.

“He looked a shadow of the player he was at Dortmund,” he said.

Wenger looks dejected during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton

“Even he, in the short time he’s been at Arsenal, has been affected by the mood.

“He got his goal with a little flick, but he’s not the player I hoped he would be.

“I’m not saying he’s a bad player, but it’s a malaise through the dressing room and he’s been affected.”

Sunday’s defeat marked Arsenal’s 10th of the season. Arsene Wenger has told his players to forget about claiming a top four place. The Gunners only hope of a return to Champions League football will be via a Europa League triumph.

Aubameyang is cup-tied for Arsenal’s trip to AC Milan on Thursday.