Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang felt sorry for Alex Lacazette after substitution in Sheffield Utd draw

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal remain tenth in the Premier League table after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon.

With main man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beginning a three-match suspension, Mikel Arteta named Gabriel Martinelli in his starting XI and the 18-year-old didn't let him down.

The Brazilian bagged his ninth goal of the season to give Arsenal the lead on the stroke of half-time, but the Gunners were pegged back by a John Fleck equaliser late on in the second period.

Given that Aubameyang couldn't play, Alexandre Lacazette was given the captain's armband against Sheffield United as he continued his search for a goal.

The Frenchman has now gone seven games without hitting the back of the net and Aubameyang was visibly disappointed in the stands when his strike partner was substituted off.

Auba reacts to Laca substitution v Sheffield Utd

In the 74th-minute, with Arsenal 1-0 up, Arteta decided to take Lacazette off and replace him with Eddie Nketiah, who was recalled from his loan spell at Leeds United earlier this month.

Lacazette tries to keep control of the ball against Sheffield United

Lacazette was industrious as ever against Chris Wilder's side, however he dropped too deep on several occasions and failed to register a single shot on target.

Upon Laca's withdrawal, Aubameyang threw his right hand up in the air and looked gutted for his teammate before applauding him off the pitch.

Check out the video of the moment below:

Lacazette really needs a goal

Compared to Arsenal's other centre-forward options, it's clear that Lacazette is the player with the least amount of confidence in front of goal right now.

Lacazette stretches his legs during the win against Man United

Auba has fired in 16 goals so far this campaign, Martinelli has scored nine times, 20-year-old Nketiah bagged five goals at Leeds, while Lacazette has six goals in 20 matches for Arsenal.

The 28-year-old is desperate to rediscover the scoring form he showed in his first two seasons at the club, where he recorded 17 and 19 goals respectively.

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