Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he wants to be remembered as an Arsenal great and is taking inspiration from the way former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba ‘destroyed’ the Premier League.
A late flurry of goals saw the Gabon international finish the domestic campaign as joint top scorer in the league and he’s hoping to continue that form into the Europa League final and beyond.
Since signing for the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, the 29-year-old has scored 41 goals and made 12 assists in just 64 games. It’s a stunning start to life at the Emirates that sets him up nicely to further climb the club’s list of all-time top scorers.
Ahead of next week’s trip to Baku, Auba outlined his ambitions for the future.
“It’s fun [at Arsenal] and I’m very happy,” he told French radio station RMC, “but it was challenging for me to come to Arsenal and impose myself as a great striker.
“Now I want my name to become a legend there.”
Highlighting the impact of Drogba, who moved to London as a 26-year-old and went on to score 164 goals in two highly-successful spells at Stamford Bridge, he went on, “When Drogba arrived, he was a little younger than me and he destroyed the Premier League, in a good way.”
Having struck up a formidable partnership with Alex Lacazette, both on and off the pitch, an interview rarely passes without Auba being questioned about his connection with the France international.
Once again, he reiterated why he and Laca are thriving together. “I already knew his style of play, our first meeting was great,” he said. “We share the same view of football. We joke and like to laugh. On the pitch, all it takes is a look. It’s natural.
“One will find the other and the other will do the same just as much.”