Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his illustrious goal-scoring record at Arsenal on Wednesday after he reached, and later eclipsed, the 50 goal mark in Premier League action. He is now one of only nine players to ever do so in Arsenal’s history since the Prem was created in 1992, and he’s also the quickest to do so.
Think about the legends that Arsenal has utilized since the inception of the Prem. There may not be a club in England that has fielded a better rouge’s gallery of better goal-scorers. This club has seen the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Robin van Persie, Ian Wright, and the greatest player in Premier League history, Thierry Henry. None of those guys, along with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Wolcott, and Olivier Giroud, were able to reach the 50 goal mark faster than Aubameyang. It only took the Gabon international 79 matches.
The only players in league history to reach this fantastic mark quicker than Auba include some of the best to ever do it.
- Liverpool duo Mo Salah and Fernando Torres both made in 72 matches
- Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy made it in 68 matches
- The Prem’s all-time leading scorer Alan Shearer did it in only 66 games
- Andy Cole reached 50 goals in only his 65th match
To see Aubameyang in such incredible company shouldn’t be too surprising. If there was one thing anyone in England knew about him before he joined Arsenal, it was that he was undeniably one of the best in the world at scoring goals. Over the five year span that he spent at Borussia Dortmund, he scored 141 times in all competitions and won the Bundesliga’s Golden Boot award in 2016 after he bagged 31 goals. He was seen firing up his trademark front flip celebration so many times on screens around the world, that it was almost certain that he was destined to continue his pace wherever he played next.
After finishing his first full season by sharing the Premier League’s Golden Boot award with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, he’s certainly not disappointed in any regard. He’s continued to be Arsenal’s most consistent player as they have struggled to find a new manager after they said farewell to Arsene Wenger. So to see him make his mark in the record book is definitely appropriate.
The only bad news that could be potentially extrapolated from all this is that Auba could very well end up leaving the Emirates very soon depending on whether or not Arsenal can earn a place into the Europa League next season. As of writing, the Gunners have jumped up to 7th place after Wednesday’s match. This means that they are in the running for one of those spots. But they’re going to need to continue playing the way they are playing so that they can do so. I think that earning a European qualification spot is the only way they can keep Aubameyang.
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