Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has compared himself to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, but Arsene Wenger is refusing to jump the gun with such praise.
The Gabon international moved to the club from Borussia Dortmund last month, and marked his impressive debut with a goal, and will be looking to add to that tally against North London rivals Tottenham this afternoon.
Aubameyang has talked of his admiration for former star striker Thierry Henry, but Arsene Wenger has refused to draw comparisons between his new record signing and his record goalscorer.
Wenger said: “It is an ambitious statement but it is a good one.
“Henry is the best goalscorer ever in Arsenal’s history, so it doesn’t mean he will score as many goals. But why not?
“He is Thierry Henry with his quality of runs. But it’s a bit too early to compare him to the best player ever who played here.
“He has played one game. But it’s a good example to follow. His finish was brilliant. His finishing is good.
“You don’t score by coincidence for so many years, if you score many goals.”
The Frenchman then played down expectations on his new star, citing a difficulty in translating goalscoring records in other leagues into the English top tier.
He added: “What we have observed is that the transfer nowadays from the goals scored in other leagues, does not necessarily transfer 100 per-cent to the English Premier League.
“When we played at Swansea, we played against 10 men in the last 25 yards and that doesn’t exist anywhere in Europe. To be as prolific in the Premier League is today much more difficult.”
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