Why Arsenal need to keep Pierre Emerick Aubameyang


    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has proven yet again that he is the most important player at Arsenal football club with his brace against Manchester City on Saturday night which sent the club into the FA CUP final for a record 21st time.

    Since he joined Arsenal in 2018 from Borussia Dortmund for a 3-year-deal worth £56 million, the Gabonese international has shown that he worth every dime that was spent on him.

    Why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang need more years at Arsenal

    Arsenal players celebrating their semi-final victory over Manchester City, thanks to 2 goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
    Arsenal players celebrating their semi-final victory over Manchester City, thanks to two goals from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

    From his days in German Bundesliga, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has been showing the world that he is one of the best strikers in football. For instance, in his last full season at Borussia Dortmund (2016-2017), Aubameyang was so awesome that he scored 41 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions. He scored 20 goals in his last 22 matches for Dortmund in the 2017-2018 season before he left the club on 31 January 2018.

    When he came to Arsenal, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang proved that his goals scoring exploits in the German Bundesliga was not a fluke. He featured for Arsenal 13 times in the remaining games of the 2017-2018 season and wowed everyone by scoring 10 goals in the Premier League.

    In his first full season with Arsenal (2018-2019), the Gabonese went head to head with the two best strikers of that season – Liverpool’s duo of Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah. He scored the same number of Premier League goals (22 goals) as they did and had to share the Golden boot with them.

    So far this season, he has scored 20 goals in the Premier League alone which have placed him behind the current top scorer, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy who has 23 goals. This means that Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has challenged for the golden boot award for the second consecutive season.

    So far in the Premier League, he has played 83 matches for Arsenal, scoring 52 goals and has made 11 assists. He has also won player of the month twice – October 2018 and September 2019.

    Also, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has scored 65 goals in all competitions for Arsenal since his debut for the club in February 2018, the only Premier League player with more in his era is Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (68).

    The Gabonese football icon is the fourth Arsenal player to score a competitive brace at Wembley Stadium, after Reg Lewis (1950 FA Cup final), Charlie Nicholas (1987 League Cup final) and Alexis Sánchez (2015 FA Cup semi-final).

    Presently, Aubameyang holds the record of being the fastest player to reach 50 Premier League goals in Arsenal’s history. He achieved that in July when he scored a brace against Norwich City during his 79th Premier League match for the club.

    More Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stats and how he scored his 52 Premier League goals

    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in action.

    How he scored the 52 goals
    Headed goals 3
    Goals with the right foot 41
    Goals with left foot 8
    Penalties scored 6
    Freekicks scored 1

    Other Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contribution to the team in the Premier League so far:

    Shots 212
    Shots on target 98
    Shooting accuracy 46%
    Hit woodwork 8
    Assists 11
    Passes 1,779
    Passes per match 21.43
    Big chances created 16
    Crosses 143
    Tackles 56
    Blocked shots 50
    Interceptions 23
    Clearances 36
    Headed Clearance 12

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract with Arsenal

    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

    The three years contract that Pierre Emerick Aubameyang signed with Arsenal in January 2018 will expire on 30 June 2021. The contract has been earning him £200,000-per-week. It also made him the second highest-earning at Arsenal behind Mesut Ozil who earns £350,000-per-week.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants to stay at Arsenal if…

    The Gabonese striker is ready to extend his contract with Arsenal football club and he has even made his demands known to the club. According to reports, he said he wants a three-year deal with Arsenal which would earn him £250,000-per-week.

    Also read: Mikel Arteta Says Aubameyang is Willing to Stay at Arsenal

    Though the weekly wages he is asking for could be said to be considerate enough when compared to what he brings to the club and what his teammate, Ozil, earns every week, the club might find the years he is asking for a bit difficult to grant. He is currently 31-year-old, if he should be given another three years contract, he would be between 34 and 35-year-old when the contract expires. As at then, his productivity on the pitch may have greatly dropped, Arsenal would not be able to utilise him as much as they do now and they would not be able to sell him for a good fee.

    Also read: Contract: Aubameyang Gives Arsenal His Conditions

    However, the manager of the club, Mikel Arteta has said he is ready to make Aubameyang happy as the captain of the club and the club’s most important player so that he could stay with the club. But he has revealed that he doesn’t have much power when it comes to letting him go or stay.

    After Aubameyang scored two solid goals to take Arsenal to the FA Cup final on Saturday, famous British broadcaster, Piers Morgan, tweeted that Arsenal should give their captain whatever he wants in order to stay.

    Even the official Twitter handle of the Emirates FA Cup described the goal Aubameyang scored during last night match when Arsenal’s defender, Kieran Tierney, gave him a through overhead pass from Arsenal’s half, as cool, calm and collected.

    What more can Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang give to get what he wants from Arsenal? Well, we can only wait to see how the top management of the North London club will handle the unfolding drama.


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