Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville has compared Arsenal hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Gunners legend Thierry Henry. Like Henry, Aubameyang has been Arsenal’s main man since swapping the Bundesliga for the Premier League.
And during his time at the Emirates, the Gabon international has showcased the type of finishing that made Henry a club legend.
Aubameyang did so again for the first of his two goals against Everton on Sunday afternoon, which was eerily reminiscent of Henry’s trademark of cutting in from the left wing and passing the ball into the far fight corner.
Neville – who had several battles against Henry during his time at Manchester United – couldn’t help but see shades of the Frenchman in Aubameyang’s first-half strike and was quick to laud the 30-year-old.
“This is Thierry Henry, everything about it,” Neville said upon his second viewing of Aubameyang’s strike.
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This is Thierry Henry, everything about it
Gary Neville on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first goal against Everton
“As he went through on goal you just imagined the great French striker sprinting down on goal, setting it out to that far post and scoring.
“It’s Aubameyang now, wonderful. He’s got so much pace and he times the run well.”
Aubameyang is currently Arsenal’s top goalscorer for the season, in which he’s found the back of the net 19 times in 30 appearances.
The former Borussia Dortmund man’s potency has greatly impressed Henry, who hailed the man now wears his famous No.14 shirt before the Gunners’ clash with Brighton last December.
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He said:”[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang scored two goals and we escaped—when I say ‘we’ you know why. But that’s what I saw, you know, without the goals of Aubameyang I don’t know where we would have been right now.
“So it’s interesting to see how we are going to play against Brighton, and see what Freddie [Ljunberg] is about. Because that game [against Norwich] was very difficult to see what was happening really.”
Aubameyang’s impressive goal return since joining Arsenal has seen him linked with a move away from the Emirates, with Spanish giants Barcelona recently revealing their interest in acquiring their services.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes it’s imperative the club make a decision on the future of their star striker, whose contract with the north Londoners expires in the summer of 2021.
He told GentingBet: “I hope Aubameyang will be an Arsenal player next season but they have a decision to make.
“Arsenal have never been a big-spending club.
“His contract’s up next season and they’re not going to let someone run down their contract again, although they’ve got little opportunity if he wants to do that.
“If the indication is that he’s not going to sign, they may have to take the opportunity and say, ‘Right, we’re going to take £40 million or whatever.’
“I don’t think they’re going to get 70 or 80 that they’re talking about with a year left for a player that’s coming to 31 years of age.
“For me, it’s more important whether the player wants to stay, who comes calling in the summer, and do Arsenal take the risk or can they convince him to sign a new contract? At the moment, it’s so difficult to call.”
Aubameyang and his Arsenal team-mates will be back in action on Thursday night, welcoming Greek giants Olympiakos to the Emirates for the second leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie.
The Gunners enter the second leg with a 1-0 lead, which was given to them to by a late winner from Alexandre Lacazette.
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