Martin Keown has compared Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Ian Wright, saying that he is developing a certain ‘swagger’ about him.
Aubameyang became Arsenal‘s record signing back in January after making the £56 million move from Borussia Dortmund, and he immediately hit the ground running, netting 10 goals in his first 13 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.
This season, he has only managed one league goal so far, but scored two goals on his Europa League debut for the club against Ukrainian outfit Vorksla Poltava, and could have had a hat-trick when he raced down the left flank, cut inside onto his right foot, and unfurled a fine curling effort goalbound, only for it to strike the bottom of the post, something which reminded Martin Keown of the great Thierry Henry, who also wore the number 14 shirt.
“I really liked that from Aubameyang,” the former Arsenal defender told BT Sport. “The way he drifted in and curls the ball with his right foot, it reminded me of Henry and that’s a massive compliment.
“There’s a kind of swagger about him and maybe now he will start to believe in himself.
“I think it’s important for Arsenal to have a player like him, who has that blistering pace and movement. He is following greats like Henry and [Ian] Wright.
“He’s been a bit of a slow burner but he is getting his confidence again and there’s a certain kind of arrogance about him now and I believe he has got the talent. He was the good news for Arsenal tonight.”