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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doesn’t have Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘hunger and desire’, says Darren Bent as Arsenal forward continues to miss


Darren Bent believes that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang does not have the “hunger and desire” to replicate Cristiano Ronaldo’s accomplishments in the modern game.

The Manchester United talisman scored a brace to defeat Arsenal on Thursday in an exciting game at Old Trafford to win their 800e and 801st goals in professional football.

Ronaldo still shoots at the age of 36
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In his 30s, Ronaldo has scored 338 goals and 80 assists in 377 games, a remarkable feat considering he continued to play at the highest level with Real Madrid and Juventus ahead of his return to Old Trafford.

Conversely, Aubameyang has flattered himself to cheat in recent weeks and was led by Mikel Arteta with 11 minutes left and the Gunners needing a shot to change the score to 3-2.

The 32-year-old has already missed six good chances this season, including two missed penalties, and has only scored four goals in 13 appearances this season.

Aubameyang signed a lucrative three-year deal worth around £ 55million in 2020 to end speculation about his future, but also only scored 10 goals last season, suggesting that there is a deeper lying problem.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doesn’t have Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘hunger and desire’, says Darren Bent as Arsenal forward continues to miss
Aubameyang has been excluded from the match by Lindelof
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And former Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur forward Bent believes the disparity in the work ethic of the two players creates a stark contrast.

He said on Drive: “When you look at Aubameyang and Ronaldo, one of the biggest differences for me is hunger and desire.

“I’m watching Ronaldo and he’s absolutely hungry to score goals.”

“We’re 37,” Bent added. “How old is Aubameyang, 33 years old?” I understand that.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doesn’t have Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘hunger and desire’, says Darren Bent as Arsenal forward continues to miss
Ronaldo defies critics every week
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“He’s not the tallest because of his hunger, it’s because of his abilities. You may be hungry to score goals.

“But I watch Aubameyang sometimes and he’s not in the box, there are times when he gets beaten by defenders.

“Listen, her biggest attribute is her rhythm. So there are times when Arsenal struggle in games, what should you do?

“You have to cut him over, roll him into the canal and let him use his pace and get Arsenal up the pitch. It’s like he doesn’t even do that sometimes.

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“As the ball passed by, it is not in the box. Sometimes there have been occasions where he carried Arsenal on his back – pre-contract.

“The cup final, the start of the next season, he was carrying Arsenal on his back and he was fantastic.

“This player is not the same player you see today.”

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