The Gabon striker missed a golden chance to give his side a double league victory over Spurs for the first time in six years.
Arsenal fans have been waiting for the sign. They have been waiting for that performance which would give them belief – and not just hope – that they would begin to move step-by-step back towards the summit. How close they came. Maybe it was nerves, maybe it was bad technique. Whatever it was, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s last-minute penalty miss was decisive in denying the Gunners three points in what felt like a landmark performance. He has had to watch from the sidelines in recent weeks as Alexandre Lacazette took the goals and the plaudits. But when the Frenchman missed one good chance just before the hour mark and was called ashore, Aubameyang would be given his shot at redemption.
When it came – alas – he couldn’t take it. It was one failed moment in an otherwise massive showing from Arsenal. After the game here’s what Pierre Emerick Aubmaeyang had to say about the missed penalty. Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is remorseful after missing a penalty in his side’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. After replacing Alexandre Lacazette as a 56th-minute substitute, Aubameyang had an opportunity to secure a win for Unai Emery’s side in Saturday’s north London derby. Aubameyang was tripped by Davinson Sanchez in the penalty area but he was unable to put the ball past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who saved his spot-kick before Jan Vertonghen’s block prevented him from tapping home the rebound.
Aubameyang who is yet to score in his last four trips to Wembley disclosed his emotions after the encounter. “My son was wishing me to score in that game, that was the opportunity. I came home and he told me no worries you’ll score in the next one,” Aubameyang wrote on Instagram. “Feel sorry but at the same time I feel proud of what the team did and I’m a team player since day one. “So let’s go forward and keep the head up. We never say enough thank you for the support.” Aubameyang has found the net 16 times in the Premier League so far this season, with only Manchester City star Sergio Aguero and Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah scoring more [17 goals]. He will be looking to rediscover his goalscoring boots when the Gunners take on Rennes for their Uefa Europa League round of 16 fixture on Thursday.
Arsenal and Aubameyang might feel hard done by but there is certainly more to come. Despite the penalty miss there’s a lot positive to talk about Arsenal. The Arsenal we saw something different, something very different to the Arsenal we have come to expect in games like this.