‘Genius’ – Jose Mourinho hails Arsenal forward after Newcastle victory
Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has praised the finishing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after the striker helped Arsenal to an opening-day victory over Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.
The Gabon international latched onto an Ainsley Maitland-Niles pass and adjusted to direct the ball past an onrushing Martin Dubravka to give the Gunners a slender lead, which they held onto to take all three points at St. James’ Park.
It got the current Golden Boot holder off the mark for the new campaign, and ensured a miserable start for Steve Bruce as he started his tenure at Newcastle.
But it was the finish of Aubameyang that got Mourinho talking in the Sky Sports studios following Arsenal’s 1-0 victory.
He said (via The Daily Express): “I think he loves to be in front of the goalkeeper.
“He’s cool, he loves to be there and of course, what I love to say, simplicity sometimes is genius.
“That control looks simple but it’s not simple, it’s genius.
“Then the finishing is beautiful.”
Aubameyang’s finishing ‘genius’ at the start of the new season is nothing new as far as the striker himself is concerned, his winner being his 33rd Arsenal goal in the Premier League since he joined the club in January 2018, with only four players in the competition’s history scoring more times within their first 50 games – a milestone which he reached himself on Sunday.
Perhaps even more impressive are the kinds of names he has surpassed in notching such a tally in Arsenal colours, with Aubameyang three clear of Thierry Henry – fifth on the Premier League’s all-time list – after the same amount of matches.
With that in mind, it could be tricky to understate the level of talent the 30-year-old possesses. And should his goal be a pointer as to how the rest of his season pans out, it may not be the last time such superlatives are attributed towards Aubameyang.
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