Arsenal’s African Players Number 16 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

After his first full season in English Football, no man has scored more goals than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. You could argue he would have got more goals if he hadn’t been asked in some games to play on the left-hand side.

Aubameyang – Played 65 Scored 41

Before his Premiership Golden Boot, the striker won Germany’s and France’s equivalent. In fact, you have to go back to 2015 to find the last time his tally was under 20.

Born in France, part of AC Milan’s youth set up and with his mother Spanish, many countries were capable of giving him a senior cap when he was available. Instead he followed in his father’s footsteps by eventually captaining Gabon.

Some clubs were left regretting not showing patience. Like his two brothers he was in Milan’s academy but never played for the full team. Back where he was born loans to Lille and Monaco were not productive, but at St Etienne ended top scorer of Ligue 1. Dortmund seemed to be where the rest of Europe took notice of the African, and in hindsight the Gunners should have tried to buy him a lot sooner. He was a massive part in ending Bayern Munich’s domination of domestic football but hurt his legacy by how he pushed for a transfer.

While we see the fast cars, extravagant clothes, etc, there have been zero signs of the bad boy he would was made out to be. Immediately he’s made a bromance with Lacazette, the two the leaders of a new look Arsenal. It took Emery too long to decide to play both up fronts.

A world class finisher, he can score while having a quiet game, but does he work hard enough like a Lacazette?
If Man United did offer 90 million for a 30-year-old it will be tempting, especially if he’s not interested in a contract extension.

This could be our next contract saga.

Dan Smith

17 Comments

  1. Sean says:

    If 90m was threw on the table for Auba then you would ask for an exchange with Martial & £50m, get a nice bit of money to add on to the pot, an exciting young attacking winger already exp in the prem & then Laca takes the reigns. Only way you would even consider selling Auba as we need a replacement asap and money, this does both at once.

    Auba is a great striker I would hate to see him go as he has been super for us but this is football and Arsenal/United who tend to do quite abit of business together with VPersie, Alexis & now Auba in recent years. It is what it is if he wants to go there now Lukaku is heading to italy then go on ahead as nobody is bigger than the club at the end of the day.

  2. Innit says:

    People may criticize him and Lacazette all they want but these combined statistics aren’t too bad:

    PL Goals: 35 (22 + 13)
    Total Goals: 49 (30 + 19)

    PL Goals contributed to Including assists (8 + 5): 48

    And this was done with terrible CAM/wingers ie Ozil, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan

    1. gotanidea says:

      Please check his opening/ first goal stat on my post below

      Had he scored more opening goals and if he didn’t miss a lot of crucial sitters, Arsenal would have been in CL zone now

    2. kev says:

      Please I’d like to know the number of chances missed by both.At least make it complete so that we can get the full picture

  3. LUIS says:

    Hahaaa. Then Morons are the people who think @AFC should should sell PEA for £90mils to fund a move for unproven Zaha for £80mils that will be the frued of the year we shall never forget.

  4. Declan says:

    If I was Emery and Aubameyang gets sold, especially to the mancs, I’d quit.
    And, if he doesn’t, he’s got no balls!

    1. Le Coq Monster says:

      Dick can buy £6m worth of balls !………..why he would want to buy that many balls I dont know, I`d rather stay and spend my money on fit loose women whilst Auba scores in Manchester !
      😆

  5. gotanidea says:

    He scored many goals in EPL 2018/2019, but most of them are not the opening/ first goals:

    – Vs Cardiff (A): He scored the second goal
    – Vs Everton (H): He scored the second goal
    – Vs Fulham (A): He scored the fourth goal and the fifth is his penalty
    – Vs Leicester (H): He scored the second and the third goals
    – Vs Palace (A): He scored the second goal
    – Vs Bournemouth (A): He scored the second goal
    – Vs Tottenham (H): He scored the first goal (but it was a penalty) and the second one
    – Vs Burnley (H): He scored the first goal and the second one
    – Vs Brighton (A): He scored the first goal
    – Vs Fulham (H): He scored the fourth goal
    – Vs Cardiff (H): He scored the first goal, but it was a penalty
    – Vs Bournemouth (H): He scored the fourth goal
    – Vs Man United (H): He scored the second goal

    The pattern shows that:

    – He only scored against seven weak/ mediocre teams and two strong teams in EPL. We played against those two big teams at the Emirates, not at their turfs
    – He can only scored two opening/ first goals that were created from open play. The other two first goals were penalties
    – Lacazette scored more crucial and opening/ first goals than him

    We need more skillful wingers that can help the team score more opening/ first goals

    1. Phil says:

      WTF-he still scored the goals didn’t he?And how many of those goals where he didn’t score first was because he came on as a sub.I clearly remember being at Fulham away and winning 3-1 when he came on and scored two.I suppose they don’t count then do they.What a ridiculous set of statistics.Am I correct that he only STARTED 22 games and came off the bench 13 times?To me that makes his 22 goals and golden boot win even more impressive.
      And I don’t believe the rules for winning the Golden Boot was only if the goals were scored first.As I said a most pointless and ridiculous set of stats.

    2. Declan says:

      What the actual fùck does it matter he didn’t score the first goal? You really do spout some crap most of the time.

  6. Sue says:

    Love Auba… love the flip celebration… fav goal 2nd against the spuds ?
    We can’t sell him.. not to the mancs ?

  7. jon fox says:

    Dan, No one is going to offer remotely near your laughable £90 million for a 30 year old! So why say it? For what we could get, he is better used by staying and is still a good though sometimes lazy player

    1. kev says:

      He is primarily a poacher and plays off the shoulder of the last man.Infact he is the true definition of a goal poacher.When the team is playing well he will score lots of goals but when the team is playing badly his poor ability on the ball is massively exposed.Due to the fact that he doesn’t like to get involved in build up play that much and always waiting for that one opportunity this is what is usually translated as laziness as seen usually on bad days for Arsenal

    2. Dan says:

      A rumour
      What if he doesn’t sign a new deal ?

  8. kev says:

    The article calls Aubameyang a “world class finisher” which is simply not true at all.Yes, he won the golden boot but isn’t a world class finisher.He’s always been renowned for his pace and positioning but never his finishing.Laca also isn’t a world class finisher

    1. jon fox says:

      I agree on both. Both are very good but not world class, which is a vastly overused and over hyped term

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