On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal defeated Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor in the Premier League. In the end, the result did not matter, as the Gunners still finished fifth-place in the table, a point behind north London rivals Tottenham.
However, one fact that did matter in the clash in Lancashire was that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace. The double saw the former Dortmund star finished as the joint-top scorer in the Premier League this season with Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on 22 league goals for the season. It is a great honour to win the Golden Boot, but it will come as little surprise to Arsenal fans.
Aubameyang’s presence guarantees goals
The Gabon international seems to be a natural born goalscorer and has been prolific for a good while at Dortmund and Arsenal. The 29-year-old joined the Gunners in the January transfer window of 2018.
He had already scored 13 league goals for BVB prior to the switch before scoring ten in 13 Premier League appearances for the Gunners. The previous two seasons he had scored 31, 25 and 16 in the league.
Quite simply, having Aubameyang guarantees you goals. It is a good job the Gunners had Aubameyang, as without the striker they may not have come so close to finishing in the Champions League spots.
Formed a good understanding with Alexandre Lacazette
Although French striker Alexandre Lacazette enjoyed a rest at the weekend, he has forged a good understanding with the forward and he played a big part in his teammate picking up the award.
The early notion that Aubameyang was Lacazette’s replacement has proven a fallacy, as they work so well together, even if Aubameyang is playing out wide as a winger. The pair’s developing relationship has been one of the biggest factors in the Gunners enjoying a relatively successful campaign this season.
Can he fire Arsenal to the top-four next season?
Arsenal may of course still qualify for the Champions League for next season via winning the Europa League. However, the Gunners are underdogs at odds of 21/10 to beat Chelsea in the final on 29th May.
Arsenal were so close to sealing a top-four spot this season, only for a poor late run of form to cost the Gunners majorly. With Aubameyang in their team and a few squad improvements, hopefully, Arsenal can finish in the Premier League top-four next season.
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