Martin Keown says that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the closest thing Arsenal have seen to Thierry Henry, he told BT Sport, as quoted by The Sun.
The ex-Gunners central defender made the claim whilst working as a pundit during Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Valencia which set up a Europa League final with Chelsea.
Aubameyang etched his name into Arsenal folklore with a stunning hat-trick. European hat-tricks aren’t too frequent for Gunners players but the Gabon international can now lay claim to a historic one.
Keown thinks the 29-year-old has been a revelation since signing from Dortmund, comparing him to the legendary Arsenal striker Henry.
He told BT Sport, as quoted by The Sun: “I have said it before but he is the closest thing to Henry and he proved that tonight.
“We are getting out of our chairs every time he has the ball. He was cup-tied last year and boy did Arsenal miss him.
“He became a top player for me tonight. I’ve said he’s up there with Henry and he showed it.”
The Gunners and Chelsea will meet in Baku on May 29th, with the Gunners probably needing to win to secure Champions League qualification.
Keown’s comparison to Henry is bound to have Arsenal fans intrigued.
The Frenchman hasn’t been emulated in terms of goals scored for the club and Aubameyang would need a remarkable run if he is to topple him.
There are, however, some comparisons in the two players and the sort of strikers they are. Both are quick, possess lethal finishing qualities and last night proved that like Henry, Aubameyang is a man for the big occasion.
Arsenal have endured a barren few years in Europe, but finishing the season with a trophy would represent success in Unai Emery’s first season.
Whether they can do the job in the final will probably be dependant on Aubameyang once again.