Some special footballers have donned the famous red and white before.
Ones we’ve loved and adored, treasured with all our hearts and then painfully bid farewell to. For a moment, it looked like that was going to be the case at Arsenal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
That ship of crushing disappointment has now set sail, unmanned for somewhere we really couldn’t care about. Our captain is fully onboard with this new-look Arsenal, thus let us rejoice.
At 31 years old, Aubameyang has accomplished a lot in his life. In north London he got his first taste of silverware with the club last season, but he’s made his mark elsewhere with an obscene amount of goals and other with noteworthy instances.
To celebrate his time with the Gunners, let’s looks through those in numbers.
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1 – Debut Goal
Making his first Arsenal outing in February, he marked the occasion with a wonderfully taken goal, chipping the ball over Jordan Pickford after being fed by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He was well offside, mind you.
2 – Brace
It took Aubameyang only six Premier League matches to net his first brace, coming in a home match against Stoke on matchday 32 of the 2017/18 season. A penalty started it off, before an instinctive finish got his second. He could have made it three with another late spot-kick, but he unselfishly allowed Alexandre Lacazette to take it.
3 – Hat-Trick Hero
A magnificent team display at the Mestalla Stadium was topped off with Aubameyang’s first Arsenal hat-trick. Three superbly taken goals helped the Gunners cruise to a 4-2 victory that booked their spot in the Europa League final.
4 – Longest Goal Drought
In his 111 matches for the club to date, Aubameyang has gone no longer than four consecutive matches for Arsenal without scoring. That’s mad.
5 – Wembley Goals
In just three outings in the national stadium, the 31-year-old has made Wembley his second home. Two goals against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final were followed up by two more in the final, before adding further gloss to his record with a cracking strike against Liverpool in the Community Shield.
6 – Trophy Haul
Before making his way over to the Premier League, Aubameyang had won six trophies in France and Germany (including Community Shield style titles), adding a further two club gongs to his cabinet since.
7 – #14
Before the current number 14, there were seven players to don the famous shirt in the Premier League for Arsenal: Steve Morrow, David Hillier, Paul Davis, Eddie McGoldrick, Martin Keown, Thierry Henry and Theo Walcott.
8 – Penalty Goals
He may have missed one we best rather forget, but in terms of success, Aubameyang has netted eight goals from the spot for Arsenal, never ending up on the losing side when he’s scored one.
9 – Centre Forward
Joining the club as a central striker, the progression out wide has been effortless for the striker, but that hasn’t stopped him playing in the number nine role on a good few occasions. In total, he’s played as a centre-forward 65 times for the club.
10 – Goals in Debut Season
Arriving as an 11th hour addition in the January transfer window, many expected Aubameyang to need time to settle in. He did, but it probably only lasted a few minutes since he scored ten Premier League goals in his first 13 games for the club.
50 – Record Breaker
No player in Arsenal history managed to score 50 goals for the club in quicker time than Aubameyang’s 79 matches. A goal against Norwich saw him reach that target, surpassing the feat of the legend himself, Thierry Henry, who notched 50 club goals in 83 outings. He is the sixth fastest player in the Premier League record books to achieve that figure.
56 – Transfer Fee
A surprising deal to take place in a January transfer window, Aubameyang’s £56m move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 became Arsenal’s record ever transfer, surpassing the fee paid by the club to sign Lacazette the previous summer.
100 – Club Goals
He’s not there yet, but only the most foolish of folk would put it past Aubameyang reaching the 100-goal mark for Arsenal this season. He’s 18 shy of that figure, and will become the 20th person to do so for the club when it happens. He won’t be able to break any records on this occasion, as Ted Drake hit that figure with frightening speed, just 108 games! He could, however, overtake Ian Wright, who did it in 143 games. Quick maths says he’s got to score 18 in 31 games. Very achievable.