Unai Emery praises Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for influence at Arsenal
The Gabon international has been a revelation since making a £56m move from Borussia Dortmund almost two years ago.
To date he has netted 49 goals in 74 Arsenal appearances and continues to provide the firepower in attack for the Gunners.
And he will be hoping to reach half a century when Bournemouth visit the Emirates in the Premier League on Sunday.
Aubameyang was named as Arsenal’s vice-captain after a player vote by the squad with Granit Xhaka made captain.
Beating the likes of David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Hector Bellerin to the role may have surprised people outside of the club.
But Emery has revealed that Aubameyang is a prominent member of his squad.
“He is an experienced player now,” he said of the 30-year-old.
“He played in France, Germany and now in England at a high level and with a high performance.
“His experience is good, his team-mates decided with the vote that they wanted him as vice-captain.
“I am usually speaking with him and now he is more confident and more mature in the Premier League compared to when I arrived last year, he came only six months before me.
“He scored a lot of goals last year but has now also taken a big responsibility within the team and he is one of the captains who can manage in the dressing room.
“I will speak with him in my office, the hotel or the dressing room. First we built a human connection and then as a player and then I know I can ask him what I want and what the team needs – he always listens and will always give his best to provide that.
“He will play all minutes, some minutes, all games if we ask that of him and he is always ready to play again – this is also showing his leadership qualities.”
With the Premier League looking wide open this season, Aubameyang will be hoping to help fire Arsenal to a top four spot.
And he has started the season well, scoring winners against Newcastle, Burnley, and Aston Villa so far.
A win over the Cherries on Sunday will see Emery’s men move up to third.