Rio Ferdinand calls out Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette for ‘relying’ on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe have four league goals between them this term (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette to ‘step up’ as Arsenal’s over-reliance on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues.

The Gunners lost their fourth home game of the season on Sunday as Wolves ran out 2-1 winners at the Emirates.

Gabriel’s goal was Arsenal’s first from open play in the last eight hours of football and the Gunners managed just one other shot on target as the defeat confirmed the club have made their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign.

Aubameyang had another difficult match as the striker’s difficult start to the season continued, with the Gabon international scoring just once from open play in the Premier League so far this season.

However, Ferdinand believes the onus is on some of the ‘experienced’ players around Aubameyang such as Pepe and Lacazette to step up to fill the void in the Arsenal side.

Ferdinand believes Arsenal are over-reliant on Aubameyang (Picture: YouTube)

‘What’s going on with you lot [Arsenal] over there?!’ Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel.

‘You’re lacking consistency. You’re searching for goals. There’s not goals in the team at the moment. When Aubameyang doesn’t bang nobody else seems to be stepping up, that’s the problem.

‘I love the way Arteta is bringing the young players in and the young players have been performing but sometimes you need the experienced players to drag you through a situation like this.

‘Laca man! We need Laca to come up with some goals man! Pepe! When you get your chance come in and bang. We haven’t seen that cutting edge from this Arsenal team.

‘Arteta came in and steadied the ship and told them ‘This is what I’m doing, this is my team this is what I do at Arsenal’ and the players responded to it.

‘Aubameyang in particular was scoring goals but this just shows you how reliant this team is on Aubameyang. If he doesn’t score then Arsenal aren’t the same team man.’

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