Arsenal Forward Proves He Is The Best In The Premier League (And Could Be Even Better Than Thierry Henry)
Arsenal fans have been crying out for a folk hero and a world-class striker to take to their proverbial bosom ever since Thierry Henry departed The Emirates in 2007, and they may have finally found the man who can fire them towards silverware.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Arsenal nicked a barely deserved 2-1 win against Bournemouth and extended their unbeaten run in all competition to seventeen games.
The Gabon forward is quickly making a name for himself in North London as he has now scored 20 goals in his 31 appearances for the Gunners. He has hit the ground running and he has actually reached that 20-goal target quicker than club legends, Henry and Ian Wright, managed during their Arsenal careers as it took them 40 games apiece.
Henry would go on to score a club-record 228 goals in 377 appearances during his eight-year stint with Arsenal, while Wright notched 185 in his 288 appearances.
At 29 years of age, it seems unlikely that Aubameyang will have enough years left in the tank at The Emirates to truly threaten the scoring records of the aforementioned club legends, but in the short-term he could prove to be an inspired signing as Arsenal attempt to rediscover the glory days of old.
Aubameyang arrived from Borussia Dortmund last January and he has taken no time in adapting to life in the Premier League, scoring 18 goals in 26 top-flight games so far, and he is already right in the mix for the Golden Boot award this term.
He sits alongside Sergio Aguero as the top scorer in the division with eight goals and he has taken a real liking to playing the lesser teams in the division.
In six games against fellow 'Big-Six' teams in the Premier League, Aubameyang is yet to score. However, he has filled his boots against the teams outside of the 'Big Six', scoring 18 goals in 20 appearances.
Some may call him a 'flat-track bully' for failing to deliver against the big teams but he showed on Sunday at Bournemouth that he can produce the goods when it matters, and he is making a swift impression on Arsenal fans who have been so desperate to replace the irreplaceable Henry.