Exactly how far Arsenal have improved under Unai Emery’s leadership has been debated at length this season, but those doubters who refused to buy into the hype may well be reevaluating their stance after the Gunners prevailed in the north London derby.
Electric, fiery, stunning. Encounters between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are seldom short of notable talking points, and the Sunday afternoon fixture was yet another instalment in a series of passionate exchanges between two heavyweights of English football.
The enormity of the occasion spilled over into unsavoury chaos at times as both sets of players made every effort to goad supporters on the terraces.
One of those players was Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who set the tone for a drama-filled afternoon by celebrating the opener in-front of Tottenham’s away following.
His coolly taken penalty merely represented his first decisive action in a fixture which he was simply sensational in, as he went on to score a sumptuous equaliser in the second-half before providing Lucas Torreira with the killer fourth after 77 minutes.
It was a special performance from a player who is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most effective players in the division, and he received special praise for his performance from Sky Sports pundit Adam Bate in the aftermath of proceedings.
‘Aubameyang’s minutes-per-goal ratio during this period is also superior to any of his rivals.
‘His goals have come at a rate of one every 104 minutes compared to the 110 minutes per goal of Aguero and the 113 minutes per goal of Salah.
‘As for Kane, his 17 goals for Tottenham in this time have come at a rate of one every 135 minutes.’
That the Gabon international has managed to sustain such a prolific record since arriving January, despite his complete lack of experience in English football prior to his transfer, is a testament to his exceptional quality, and his minutes-per-goal ratio simply serves to exemplify how deadly he has been in front of goal.
But it’s not only Aubameyang’s goal scoring potency which is so impressive. He has the ability to terrorise defenders with his direct style of dribbling and an intuitive ability to intricately link-up with his teammates in the final-third.
The decision to sign Aubameyang arrived shortly after Sven Mislintat left Borussia Dortmund to become Arsenal’s Chief Scout, and the manner which he has made the seamless transition to life at the Emirates has already vindicated that £56 million decision.
Considering his age and the breadth of quality which Arsenal had in attacking positions, especially in comparison to their weak defensive unit, supporters would have been well within their rights to question the merits of the January deal at the time, but any such discussion can now be disregarded with Aubameyang established among an elite group of the Premier League’s most devastating attackers.
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