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Aubameyang one of the most effective forwards in the Premier League

Posted on November 05, 2018 by David Nugent

When Arsenal signed Gabon international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund in January, the Gunners knew they had signed one of the most prolific forwards in the European game.

Aubameyang has not disappointed when it has come to goals for the north London club. In 28 appearances for the Gunners, the forward has scored 19 goals and produced five assists. That record is impressive by anybody’s standards.

One of the most effective in the league

When it comes to goals per minute in the Premier League this season, only Chelsea’s Eden Hazard can better the Gabon striker. Aubameyang has a ratio of a goal every 110 minutes.

He has a better ratio than the likes of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who have both been prolific in the Premier League in recent seasons. It is interesting to note that Gunners teammate Alexandre Lacazette’s goal per-minute ratio is not terrible either, as the French striker has scored a goal every 161 minutes in the Premier League this season.

Move to the flank has not dulled his threat

Arsenal boss Unai Emery simply had to find a way to get Lacazette and Aubameyang in the same starting line-up. Leaving one of the big-money signings on the bench would have been a massive waste of talent.

The switch of Aubameyang to a wide left position has not dulled the forward’s threat in the Arsenal attack. In fact, despite playing in a wide position he may often find space that he would not playing as a central striker. His goal per minute ratio is proof that the 29-year-old is an attacking threat wherever he plays on the pitch for the Gunners.

Likely to continue to be prolific

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored goals almost wherever he has played in the European game in his senior career, at St Etienne, at Dortmund and now fortunately for Arsenal in north London.

The forward is likely to continue being prolific in the Premier League for the Gunners. His goals will be vital if Arsenal are going to challenge for a top four spot this season or even challenge for the title, which seems unrealistic this point of the campaign.

For years Arsenal were missing that top class and prolific striker. Now they have Aubameyang and Lacazette, with both seemingly in form. Aubameyang may never score enough goals to repay his fee at 29, but he is certainly trying his best to do so.

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