Full-Time Respecter Of Arteta
Yeah it’s the decline in general play that’s worried me more tbh, that’s what might hint at him not being dialled in.Over the hill or shackled? I honestly don't know on this one. Chance creation gets talked up a lot, but are there any numbers showing how this has dropped off or changed? We've seen how he was overperforming his xG and now under performs.
His general play last season looked so much worse to me in most games than the year before. Used to think he was basically fine on the left wing but last year he was awful. But he's still quick for sure. Wonder whether he's lost a bit of acceleration or like @Batman said it could be desire... Or just the malaise affecting the whole team from the coaching set up.
I hate to make the comparison but look at Auba vs Kane. Last year when Mourinho was stinking the place up, Kane was having his best season because he was determined to try to drag them to results. You'd see him dropping deeper and doing what he needed to do to make things happen within the framework of Mourinho's system and as a result his assists went through the roof along with his usual high rate of scoring. You can tell that even if he's frustrated with the system, Kane is still going to search for ways to perform within that system because it means something to him, even if it's only his individual numbers he cares about. With Auba, I just don't see any of that. It's like the system isn't benefitting him and he's just kind of sulking about it but there's no attempt on his part to figure out a way to force his way into games. You literally can go a half without hearing his name. That's nothing to do with ability and everything to do with mentality.Not sure the new contract has that much of an effect tbh.
Auba isn’t a young player signing that first big deal, he was already wealthy before this deal I think he just doesn’t enjoy his role in the team and the results we are getting and at this level even a 5% drop in motivation would be noticeable.