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Arteta challenges Aubameyang to emulate Wright & Henry

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ian Wright, Thierry Henry, Arsenal
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The Arsenal manager believes Aubameyang can be held in similar esteem to club icons Wright and Henry by winning more silverware.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been truly sensational for Arsenal since his club-record €63.75m arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, scoring 70 goals in just 109 appearances across all competitions.

The 31-year-old, who became captain last November, is out of contract next year and isn’t short of suitors either. Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain are among several clubs reportedly interested.

Their interest in Aubameyang likely grew as a result of his FA Cup heroics. He not only scored both goals in the semi-final victory over Manchester City, but scored twice again in the final itself to complete a 2-1 comeback win against Chelsea. It secured Arsenal a first major honor since 2017 and Europa League football for next season.

Mikel Arteta has since expressed renewed hopes of tying Aubameyang down to a new contract, even teasing plans of building the squad around the Gabonese star.

However, the Arsenal boss has gone a step further by challenging his skipper to remain in north London and establish a legacy similar to former strikers Wright and Henry.

“It’s the most difficult thing in football, that’s for sure, and he makes it simple – look at the second goal he scored,” said Arteta as quoted by Goal.

“We always had incredible strikers at this football club and Auba deserves to be named and compared with the big names.

“By winning trophies he will be closer to that and the longer he stays there as well.

“Hopefully we can have him for more time.”