Martin Keown likens Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry after Europa League brace
The Gabon forward scored two goals in Arsenal's 4-2 victory over Vorskla Poltava at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night
Martin Keown has compared Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to club legend Thierry Henry after the Gabon forward bagged a brace in the Gunners’ 4-2 Europa League victory over Vorskla Poltava on Thursday.
It was a far from perfect performance from Unai Emery’s men who have still yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
However, Aubameyang’s display was a shining light on an otherwise average Arsenal display.
Aubameyang, who sports the iconic no.14 jersey that was worn by Henry for so many years, had a moment in the first-half similar to his French predecessor when he picked the ball up on the left, cut inside before nonchalantly curling the ball onto the base of the post.
Striking the post was not what Aubameyang was intending but it was enough for Keown to liken him to Arsenal’s record goalscorer.
“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.”
Fellow BT Sport pundit agreed with Keown and called on Emery to carry on with a system that allocates both Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who played no part in the Europa League opener.
However, the pair have played together in some Premier League matches.
“If they can get Aubameyang and Lacazette together then Arsenal have got some real goal power there,” he said.
“I think Emery has got to get Aubameyang and Lacazette on the field together. He needs to find a shape to get those two performing together.”
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