Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace against Burnley was enough for the Gabon international to claim the Golden Boot alongside Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Our record signing took his tally in the league to 22 goals and might even have won the gong outright were it not for a terrible close-range miss when he was on a hat-trick.
While he might be kicking himself about that, he can be happy with a pretty impressive week’s work. Not only did he put in a huge shift at Turf Moor, but he also scorched Valencia with a hat-trick on Thursday and netted last weekend against Brighton.
After the match, Auba thanked his teammates for helping him this season. “It was a tough season but I had the chance to score goals, because the team played a great season,” he told Arsenal.com.
“Of course the last months were not the best in the Premier League, but the whole season, we put in a great effort.”
He added: “I said nothing to the guys [about the Golden Boot] because I didn’t want them to only focus on me. I’m a team player and if I wasn’t scoring, it wouldn’t have mattered. But I scored and I’m really happy for that. I have to be thankful to the team.”
He also touched on this afternoon’s miss. “Yeah, it was near – but sometimes that can happen. I have to be focused on those kinds of chances, but I’m happy that we won and that I’m sharing the [Golden Boot] trophy with two other guys that I like.”
Aubameyang could end the season as the Europa League’s top scorer, but he’ll need to score at least twice against Chelsea in the final in Baku. I think we’d all like to see that.
He’s the third Gunner to pick up the Premier League top scorer award. Thierry Henry picked up the gong four times (01/02, 03/04, 04/05, 05/06) and Robin van Persie won it once (11/12).
Congratulations, Auba. We’re lucky to have you.