Arsenal legend Ian Wright says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deserves to be playing for a club winning league titles and going for Champions League glory.
The 30-year-old Gabonese marksman joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 for a then club-record £56m.
Aubameyang at Arsenal: Five key things to know…
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a reported £56m in January 2018.
- He’s since gone on to score 61 goals in 97 games across all competitions.
- Last season Aubameyang shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
- Aubameyang currently trails Jamie Vardy for this season’s top scorer prize, with 17 to the Englishman’s 19.
- His current Arsenal contract expires in June 2021 and club legend Ian Wright feels he deserves to be playing elsewhere.
Aubameyang has since become Arsenal’s leading marksman, scoring 61 goals across 97 matches in all competitions and he (17) currently trails Jamie Vardy (19) in the race for this season’s Premier League Golden Boot.
However, unlike Vardy, he’s yet to taste success in English football, with the Gunners finishing outside the top four places during his time in north London, meaning Aubameyang has also missed out on playing Champions League football
They did, however, reach a Europa League final last season but Wright — the club’s second most prolific goalscorer in history — is concerned that Aubameyang may not stay beyond his present contract which expires in June 2021, and he wouldn’t blame him for doing so.
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“If you can imagine him in a better team then he himself would be winning Premier Leagues and vying for places in Champions League finals and I think he deserves that,” he told Premier League Productions.
“You don’t see him particularly vocal on the pitch pointing and screaming but it’s what he does in respect of his leadership with the goals that he scores.
“If you take his goals out of that team then they’re in a massive heap of trouble. Arsenal need a few more players to kick in with their form to help him.
“We’re talking about a goal-scorer who is scoring at the rate of a Champions League player, a world class goal-scorer.
“We’re talking about the last big contract in his career. I just hope that the love that he has for the club and the fans have for him is enough for him but I wouldn’t want to be in his position because it’s a tough one for him.”