Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could have broken numerous goalscoring records at the club if he had made the move to London sooner.
The Gabon international opened his tally for the season on Sunday, scoring the only goal as the Gunners began the new campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Newcastle.
And talking to the the BBC Radio 5Live Monday Night Club, cited by Football London, Wright was quick to hit out at claims suggestions the striker is underrated, adding that the forward could have broken numerous records if he had joined the club sooner.
I don’t think so (he’s underrated).
We’ve all known that Aubameyang has been a top goal-scorer everywhere he’s been he has scored goals. At Saint-Etienne, 41 in 97, at Borussia Dortmund, 213 games, 141 goals. For Gabon, he’s got 59 caps, 24 goals, so I don’t think he’s underrated, African Player of the Year.
I think he gets the way he plays, he’s on the edge of things, on the periphery of things so you don’t see him doing anything else other than the most important thing in the game, scoring goals and he does it so prolifically.
He’s someone that I believe if he was at Arsenal a few years ago then the records would have been in danger because of the rate he scores.
I don’t think he’s underrated at all. People didn’t want to take a chance on him, for whatever reason. He’s come to the Premier League and he’s more than capable.
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The pacey forward has made quite the impact during his 18-month stay at the Emirates. He’s netted 42 times in 66 appearances in all competitions under Unai Emery, an extremely impressive goal ratio.
If he would have made the move to the club five years ago, the prolific striker could definitely have been in with a chance of challenging the likes of Wright and Thierry Henry, just as the Arsenal favourite suggested. Wright netted 185 times in an Arsenal shirt, while Henry is the current record holder with 225 strikes for the club.
However, at the age of 30, it appears as if Aubameyang won’t be able to lodge a serious challenge in taking over the pair, but if he keeps finding the back of the net on a regualr basis, he’ll increase his popularity on the red side of London and may well become a Gunners legend.