Is Mikel Arteta right with his Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comments?

Mikel Arteta has been speaking about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and how good he is ahead of Olympiacos clash.

Mikel Arteta was asked a variety of questions about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang including his future and his position among the best strikers in the Premier League.

First off let’s look at what Arteta said exactly as reported on Arsenal.com

Is Aubameyang underrated?

“I think they do talk but obviously with top players who are playing at clubs that are winning constantly, there is more impact on that. But we all know how good Auba is. It is remarkable what he is doing and how consistent he has been over the years to do it, which is very very difficult to do. I think we all appreciate, at least at the club, his value and what he brings to us”

Arteta was then asked how Auba ranks among the Premier League greats

“Well, I think if he had been top scorer in the league, and won the league, then he would have been voted the best player in the league for sure. You need both. You need individual performance and you need the collective side of your team as well to support that. That is where we have to make a step forward to try to convince these top players to want to stay at our club and be successful and be happy”

Asked whether Aubameyang is comparable to Sergio Aguero, who Arteta obviously knows very well from his time at the Etihad.

“I wouldn’t like to compare but what I can say with Auba is that he’s right there with the best of the scorers in this league. In the last 10 years if you look at his record and what he’s done in the game it’s phenomenal. In my opinion he’s up there with the best”

OK, where to start? Of course Aubameyang is underrated and yes, he is definitely among the Premier League greats and the reason is simple.

Aubameyang won the Golden Boot last season in a team with a serious lack of talent in compariosn to the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

The question I ask myself is, would Salah, Mane or Aguero have achieved at Arsenal what Aubameyang has done in terms of scoring goals? I am not sure they would have done. Those players have achieved their scoring records surrounded by top quality players.

Imagine if Auba had a David Silva or Kevin de Bruyne supplying him, imagine if Auba was supported by a Firmino or one of Salah or Mane.

You could easily slip Aubameyang into Man City or Liverpool and he would match what those top players have done, in my opinion of course.

What Aubamayenag has done as part of this Arsenal team is really remarkable and from where I am sat I do honestly believe he is one of the greats of the Premier League. Of course, it would be easier to say that if he was at Arsenal for a longer period of time but you can only judge a player on his time he has spent with a club.

8 Comments

  1. jon fox says:

    A fine and true article which with even a minutes thought rings immensely true. I believe, sadly, that we will be forced to sell Auba this summer. That will be a huge and long lasting loss though!

  2. Best says:

    He is almost like Thierry Henry’s reincarnated playing days at arsenal.

  3. Neil Fitt says:

    Let’s get positive!! We will earn a champions league spot and Auba will sign a new deal.Yes we need to clear out,but don’t fix what isn’t broke!!

    1. Stewart Macintosh says:

      I like the optimism! Not sure we will be so lucky.

      I think that Auba will treat us well, if he wants to move he will tell us so that the business can be done early in the summer.

      He seems to be happy here and want more money, which I can’t blame him for wanting a wage to reflect value – I think the team can afford the cash to pay him.

      If he wants to leave then we try to get as much as possible and use it to reinvest.

      Absolutely want him to stay but it will be a business deal and it will entirely depend on Auba’s wishes.

      1. Stewart Macintosh says:

        one simple word in the third para…

        He seems to be happy here and MAY want more money (kind of important :-))

  4. Siamois says:

    We know what Neville said about time to consider Auba a world class striker but he also was surprised that Arsenal managed to get him and that no big clubs tried to sign him but that we don’t know.

  5. Andrew Elder says:

    A great striker and a superb athlete.
    A manager’s dream, he just never gets injured. I have been following him since his early days at Dortmund and never thought he would become an Arsenal player. Whether or not we can keep him here is the big question, winning the Europa League should settle the question. Failing to achieve Champion’s League status would probably make up his mind to move on. Whatever happens we should not allow him to leave on a free.

  6. Tony says:

    Nice, plain article..
    Auba is definitely good in scoring goals and not so good in creating so; he ain’t Henry reincarnate not there at all…

    Securing his service is okay if he wants ideally with wage increase, Letting him go if he wants would fetch good fee definitely above 55k.
    Luka Jovic would fit the bill.

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