It has been all change at the Emirates Stadium this year. Arsene Wenger left the club at the end of last season and former Sevilla manager Unai Emery now has the near-impossible task of replacing a club legend. However, most Arsenal fans agree that a change was needed and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could benefit directly from the switch.
Aubameyang was once labelled as one of the best strikers in the world and Arsenal fans will be expecting big things from the Gabon man next season. He took some time to adjust to the speed of the Premier League but Aubameyang now looks settled at the Emirates. He is not in that top bracket of strikers just yet, although the potential is certainly there.
Imagine if Arsenal had managed to sign Luis Suarez in 2013 – things could have been so very different. Now at Barcelona, the Uruguay forward is being tipped to shine at the World Cup with his record prior to the game against Russia of 10 goals in 14 tournament starts, and Gunners fans have to sit and watch Suarez work his magic on the biggest stage of all. Oh, what could have been if that £40,000,000.01 bid had paid off. But that was then, and this is now – Arsenal have moved on and so has Suarez.
To be fair to Aubameyang, he has enjoyed a quietly prolific start to his Arsenal career. With 10 goals in 13 Premier League appearances, the Gabon striker ended the season in decent form and fans will be hoping that he can hit the ground running at the start of the 2018/19 campaign. An opening weekend winner against Manchester City would go down a treat.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the fastest Arsenal player to reach 10 Premier League goals; taking 13 games to reach double figures.
Now 29 years old, Arsenal need instant results from Aubameyang but the Gunners star can thrive under pressure. He was simply sublime during his Borussia Dortmund days and plenty of punters will fancy Aubameyang to challenge for the Golden Boot this campaign. If he can pick up where he left off at the end of last season, he stands a great chance.
Expecting Arsenal to go on and win the Premier League title next season would be foolish; a top-four finish should be the number one priority. Aubameyang can shine as Emery’s main man – he has certainly settled quicker than fellow frontman Alexandre Lacazette. The Gunners will take some stopping if Emery manages to get both men performing at their brilliant best.
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