PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG shocked Arsenal fans with a poor miss in the early stages of the 1-1 draw with Benfica.
The Gunners were hoping to see their club captain continue his incredible display from the weekend, when he struck a hat-trick past Leeds.
But the away leg of their Europa League tie with the Lisbon club started ominously on Thursday night.
Hector Bellerin raced down the right on 19 minutes and slipped a cool pass across goal that begged for a finish.
With the net gaping, Aubameyang met the cross but placed his left-footed shot wide of the near-post.
The 31-year-old looked to the sky immediately after the miss, slapping his hands on his thighs in frustration.
He later wrote on Twitter: “We deserved better and I should score couple goals today but still one game to go we keep going.”
Aubameyang then singed out goalscorer Bukayo Saka for praise.
It was only the star forward’s second outing in the Europa League all season, having been rested for most of the group stage.
And there have been signs of form from Aubameyang in recent weeks after a long dry spell over Christmas.
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The striker came into the last-32 first leg on good form thanks to a hat-trick against Leeds[/caption]
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The Leeds hat-trick on Sunday made it six goals in his last six appearances going into the Rome encounter.
But Aubameyang’s night ended early when Mikel Arteta hooked his star striker, who was substituted for Nicolas Pepe after firing wide from a good one-on-one position in the second-half.
Arsenal were chasing a winner after pulling level against Benfica.
An Emile Smith Rowe handball allowed Pizzi to open the scoring from the spot before Bukayo Saka levelled with a close-range finish.
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