Instead it was summer signing Nicolas Pepe who took on the responsibility.
Scoring a crucial penalty for the Gunners back in September against Aston Villa after Aubameyang had handed the ball over to help boost his dwindling confidence, fans needn’t have worried with the Ivorian over the ball.
Only taking a few steps for his run up, Pepe confidently found the bottom corner with a powerful drive that gave Dean Henderson no chance.
It was in fact the 14th penalty he had taken in his career.
Regularly stepping up for Lille in Ligue 1 prior to his move to England, Pepe has only ever missed one of his 14 penalties and that came in January 2019 as he failed to find the net against Amiens.
The 25-year-old doesn’t seem to be fazed one bit when shooting from 12 yards and it may become his full-time role in the future at Arsenal.
While Aubameyang is the man who takes them at present, the striker’s current contract at the Emirates expires in 2021 and there are question marks over where exactly he will be playing his football in the future.
Pepe will no doubt want to become Arsenal’s full-time penalty taker if his teammate does indeed move on for a new challenge, yet some may be questioning why he isn’t on penalty duty now going on his record.
Aubameyang has scored 26 penalties throughout his career since stepping up for Saint-Etienne for the first time in the 2012/13 season.
However, he has missed nine of his attempts in the past, which includes his poor penalty in the closing stages of the 1-1 draw against north London rivals Tottenham in March 2019.
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Arteta obviously has the final say on who takes penalties for Arsenal but he may have a tough decision to make down the line given Pepe’s brilliant record.
The Ivory Coast ace is starting to show why Arsenal shelled out £72million on him last summer and he is going to be a big player for the club over the coming seasons.
Speaking about the player following his fine performance against Sheffield United, he said: “I really liked him from past. I didn’t know him personally but I think he’s a player with incredible potential.
“He needs to just be decisive in every game and take care of moments in the game when he disconnects himself a little bit, he cannot do that and I will be very persistent with him to try to change that because if he’s at his best he’s a player that can make a difference for the team.”