Arsenal may be forced to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, but Gary Neville thinks he has already left a telling mark on the Premier League.
The Gabon international joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund for just £56m in January of 2018, and has gone on to score an incredible 60 goals in just 95 appearances.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has now singled out the 30-year-old for some well-received praise, questioning why Aubameyang hasn’t yet been categorised as a one of the best forward’s in the league’s recent history.
The former Milan and Saint-Etienne man was quick to respond on Twitter, thanking the former England defender for comparing his minutes per goal ratio to the likes of Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry.
He joked: “Wow After That, I can also say Aubameyang is a Premier League great. Just kidding but thanks I appreciate that.”
Neville had said on Monday Night Football: “You talk about Arsenal lacking characters and lacking leadership – I think this guy’s everything you would want.
“There’s a bit of Ian Wright in him, I think there’s a bit of nastiness in him, in his interviews after the game he shows personality and character.
“He works hard off the ball, he works hard on the ball. If you look at his minutes per goal, he’s one minute behind Thierry Henry.
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“Now Henry played over a longer period of time, he’s ahead of [Mohamed] Salah, Van Nistelrooy.
“Ruud van Nistelrooy at Manchester United, it felt like he scored a goal every 10 seconds – Aubameyang’s scoring a goal ahead in minutes per goal than Van Nistelrooy.
“It’s unbelievable this performance from this lad over two-and-a-half years.
“He’s not mentioned as world class, we don’t mention him as a Premier League great, and I think we have to.”
That exchange comes after Italian journalist Nicolo Schira claimed that contract talks between player and club had stalled again, with Inter Milan interested in pursuing a deal should Barcelona sign Lautaro Martinez.
Mikel Arteta had said of previous interest from Barca: "They are completely right to want him because he is a superb player.
”It's right that big teams like him. Hopefully we can convince him this is right place to be.
"I think it's been tough for him because he has big expectations. He wants to play in the biggest competitions and with the best players. We have to help him do that. He needs to feel fulfilled.
"He is our most important player, no doubt the impact he has in this team. We will have to convince him to stay with us."
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