Only one player in England has scored more goals than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang since the Gabon striker arrived in the country – and he plays for a much, much better side.

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their second goal during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London, on July 18, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their second goal during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London, on July 18, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / POOL / AFP)

That’s right, since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal in January 2018, only one player has scored more goals across all competitions than the 31-year-old.

That player?

Mo Salah.

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 15, 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP)
Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 15, 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP)

Not Harry Kane nor Sergio Aguero nor anyone else.

Just Mo Salah.

And only by two goals.

Sunday Telegraph, 19 July 2020

I don’t have the exact stats to hand but I would also assume that Salah has played a lot more matches than Aubameyang, unless the Telegraph writers just left out European competitions (although they do say across ALL competitions).

Salah has also played in a more stable side under a coach who knows what he’s doing. Auba was brought in at the tail-end of Arsene Wenger’s reign and then had to suffer through 18 months of life under Unai Emery.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal in action during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal in action during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Imagine how many goals he might have if he hadn’t wasted 18-months under a coach who was allergic to attacking football…

Maybe we won’t have to imagine. Maybe that’s what we’ll get to see under Mikel Arteta who seems increasing assured that Aubameyang will stay with Arsenal and sign a new deal rather than seeking pastures new.

This was Aubameyang’s third brace for the club since Mikel Arteta took over.