Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t an archetypal Arsenal striker, but should bring goals to the starting line-up.
2Style and strengths
“Fox in the box” is a dated term now but it’s quite appropriate for Aubameyang.
He is a striker who excels and sniffing out opportunities in the opposition penalty area and often finds himself finishing off moves from close distance or picking up the pieces after a deflection.
His style of play is almost entirely based around the penalty area. 28 of his 85 league goals for Dortmund were scored within the six-yard box, while another 57 were inside the penalty area. The other 10 were penalties.
Only taking shots within the penalty area means his conversion rate tends to be quite high. He’s finishing at a rate of 28% this season, which puts him up there with the best finishers around.
Aubameyang has been the beneficiary of Dortmund’s slick attacking play. He’s a constant threat off the shoulder due to his immense speed and timing of his runs.
This is where he differs from most Arsenal strikers, who tend to want the ball to feet and will drop short.