Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal during Arsenal’s clash with Newcastle United saw the Gabonese hitman move into elite company amongst the Premier League’s finest-ever goalscorers.
Arsenal emerge victorious
Unai Emery’s men travelled to St. James’ Park for their first outing of the new season yesterday afternoon.
The matchup marked an important one in the Gunners’ hopes of keeping pace with their top-6 rivals early on, after all of Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham picked up respective wins over the previous 48 hours.
And, when all was said and done on Tyneside, Arsenal managed to get the job done.
A cagey affair, during which both sides largely struggled to carve out opportunities, was eventually decided courtesy of a solitary strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
A brilliantly-timed interception on the halfway-line on the part of Ainsley Maitland-Niles just before the hour mark saw the versatile youngster break free down the right, before picking out the completely unmarked Aubameyang on the edge of the box.
And the Gabonese hitman went on to do exactly what he has done for the last 18 months, since first pulling on an Arsenal jersey.
A perfect first touch was followed by an equally-exquisite finish, as ‘Auba’ lofted the ball over the onrushing Martin Dubravka to hand his side all 3 points.
Auba matches Torres
Aubameyang’s strike, meanwhile, as well as proving crucial for Arsenal, also came as a significant one on an individual level.
As showcased below, the 30-year-old’s finish versus Newcastle came as his 33rd in his first 50 Premier League appearances.
This is a total bettered by just 4 players in the history of the Premier League era. It also comes as the same number notched by Liverpool icon Fernando Torres in his first 50 outings:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now scored 33 goals in his first 50 Premier League games, as many as Fernando Torres managed.
Just four players scored more in that time. 🙅♂️ pic.twitter.com/VEhKGaVKTP
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 11, 2019