Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reckons that he doesn’t need to win a boatload of trophies to be considered a ‘top striker’.
Some players – the Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s of this world – are seemingly obsessed by their swollen trophy hauls, the pair collecting over 60 winners medals between them throughout their careers.
By contrast, Aubameyang’s trophy count stands at just four, the Gabon international winning Coupe de la Ligue with St Etienne, the DFB Pokal and two DFB SuperCup’s during his time at Borussia Dortmund.
With little over a year remaining on his current contract, there have been suggestions that the 30-year-old could look to leave Arsenal this summer in search of trophies and Champions League football, though the striker has said that winning silverware isn’t the be-all and end-all.
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“I’m a striker so I will defend my side – I don’t think you need trophies to be a top striker,” he told Sky Sports.
“Of course, it can help you but we’ve seen a lot of great players that didn’t win trophies but we respect them because of their quality.
“You don’t need to win trophies but if you win it, it’s better.”
Arsenal’s trophy hopes this season solely rest on the FA Cup, the north London club currently sitting 10th in the Premier League table and having been knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos last month.
Aubameyang had a gilt-edged chance to send the Gunners through to the last-16, but uncharacteristically fluffed his lines from eight yards out at the death, a miss which he admits left him ‘devastated’ for days.
“I had the chance again and I missed it. I was feeling like ‘okay, this is my fault’ and I think this is human. That’s why I was really devastated. But this is football and sometimes that happens. The next day, I was back in training again.
“I think [the feeling stayed] for one or two days. I was sleeping really late at night thinking about it but after that it was okay because I have my family that’s here and they give me some power and I try to be strong for them.
“I received a lot of love from my team-mates and from the fans. I received a lot of messages and at the end, I feel proud to be a football player for Arsenal and we keep going.”