Searching The Stats: Aubameyang

Spectacular Debut

What a debut it was for new boy Aubameyang. Along with ex-teammate Mkhitaryan, he ran the Everton defence ragged, running in behind the opposition back three and scored with a deft chip after being put through by the Armenian.

It’s fair to suggest that Aubameyang joined Arsenal due to a lack of other suitors. The reason for the apparent lack of interest is most likely due to his, interesting, discipline levels while playing in Germany.

However, he showed against Everton the ability that has made him one of the most attractive strikers in world football. He is globally renowned for his sheer pace and movement off the ball, but at the weekend he demonstrated more depth to his game. He completed 88.2% of his passes on his debut, which is exceptional for an out and out striker.

Bargain Signing

This season, the striker has been considered out of form, with some suggesting that he has actually been underperforming in order to force a move away from Dortmund. Despite that, he racked up 13 goals in 16 league appearances, a superb return, further exemplifying his world class ability.

Hopefully he will continue the passing form he showed in the game against Everton. This season at Dortmund he only put together 3 assists, and has never made more than six assists in a league season since becoming a centre forward. This could be a potential cause for concern, considering the link up play provided by his predecessor, Giroud.

During his St Etienne days as a winger, Aubameyang found himself playing around 1.2 key passes per game, and racked up 16 assists in his two full seasons at the club. This demonstrates that he definitely has the ability to lay goals on for his team mates should he be required to.

This potential creative side to his game could prove to be crucial as the season progresses. There is still another top quality striker at the club, and it is the duty of Wenger to ensure that our top players all function together.

Square Peg?

It may be necessary to deploy Aubameyang in a wider position to accommodate the number of top class attackers at the club. If this is the plan moving forwards then it possible that the Arsenal attack could function in a similar way to Liverpool, a chaotic, fast moving blitzkrieg of attacking football.

However, it would be foolish to play Aubameyang anywhere other than as a striker. He became one of the most valuable attackers in world football when he beat Robert Lewandowski to the Bundesliga golden boot in 2016/17 with 31 league goals.

By utilising a striker who can outpace any defender, the opposition back line must drop to accommodate. This gives Arsenal more of a presence up the pitch, and luckily Aubameyang is exceptional in the air too.

The stats speak for themselves. He is a world class striker, everyone knows that. And if our manager can keep his head in check, Arsenal may have just struck the bargain of the year.