The S*n don’t care much for facts so it’s no surprise that they’ve turned on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again with a load of nonsense.
29.1% – Of players to attempt at least 20 shots in the Premier League in 2018, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the best shot conversion rate in the competition (29.1%). Potent. pic.twitter.com/fz8unxrf7Z
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 31, 2018
Not long after the striker arrived at Arsenal, the redtop rag ran a hatchet job on him using a ‘story’ they’d been holding that had absolutely no legs whatsoever.
Now they’re at it again.
Despite scoring an amazing 26 goals and grabbing seven assists in 40 games in a new country, Aubameyang has been absolutely ripped apart for missing chances.
But here’s the thing, all top strikers miss chances. It seems, however, when you do it in an Arsenal shirt, it means more than when anybody else does it.
“Heralded as one of the best finishers in the world,” Jake Lambourne writes, “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang misses far too many chances to be considered as one of the greats in the Premier League.
“But even though he did manage more than the 13 touches he had against the Reds, he was again wasteful up top – despite notching up his 14th league goal to become the top scorer in the top-flight.”
So, he’s top scorer in the Premier League in his first full season in a new league in a new country at a new club but he’s too wasteful to be a ‘great’?
Not only that, when you compare his stats to Harry Kane, Auba is finding the net much more from open play with Kane having to dive to win penalties to pad out his numbers.
So what of those missed chances?
Sure, Auba misses plenty, but he creates a ton more.
According to the BBC, Auba’s shot accuracy rate this season (56%) is better than Mo Salah (65%), almost the same as Harry Kane (61%) and much higher than Sergio Aguero (46%), none of whom have ever been described as ‘wasteful’ to this extent. Opta, obviously, are the king of stats and they say he leads the way.
According to Opta's Expected Goals model, Aubameyang would have expected to score around 12.7 goals based on the chances that he has had so far in the Premier League. With a couple of speculative long range goals in his tally, you could argue he's about on par. https://t.co/3F9achX4ho
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) January 2, 2019
Also according to the BBC, Auba scores a league goal every 118 minutes – the best rate in the division and has scored his 14 goals from 11 shots fewer than Harry (128 minutes) Kane scored his.
He is also scoring at a faster rate than Mo Salah last season when he won the Golden Boot and was being talked about for the Ballon d’Or.
But sure, Aubameyang is the ‘most wasteful Prem top scorer ever’.