Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said that the Premier League is cool because there are many players competing for the Golden Boot, unlike in the Bundesliga. He said this after revealing that he is always checking the football scores after Arsenal games to see if his rivals for the Premier League Golden Boot have scored. The Gabon striker netted against Bournemouth on Wednesday night to take his league tally for the season to 16 – two behind Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who tops the leaderboard. On Saturday Aubameyang travels to Wembley for the north London derby, and he admits Spurs striker Harry Kane is one player he is always keeping tabs on.
Asked if thinks about his striker rivals, Aubameyang told Ian Wright in an interview for the Premier League: ‘Yeah of course. I always watch on my phone after the games, of course. You know that feeling, you have to check because it’s not like in Germany. In Germany, okay, I have to check if [Robert] Lewandowski scored, but here you have to check all the games, so many people.
‘But it’s cool, it’s nice. It’s a great challenge for a striker when you have a lot of good strikers in other teams so then after the season you can compare yourself to other players.’
Asked if he looks at anyone in particular, Aubameyang continued: ‘Yeah, Harry Kane, of course. Because you know he’s playing for Spurs – but I know he was playing for Arsenal before. So I look at him because I know he’s a good striker and he scores goals. A lot, a lot, a lot. So always when I check it, he’s always scoring, and I say, “Oh”.’
Meanwhile, Roma sporting director Monchi will leave the Italian club this summer and join old pal Unai Emery at Arsenal, according to reports in Spain. The Gunners have been on the hunt for a new transfer guru to oversee their recruitment following Sven Milsintat’s departure, with both Monchi and Ajax chief Marc Overmars the frontrunners for the position.
But now Marca report that it is the Roma man who will take over at Arsenal when his contract with the Serie A side expires on June 30. Emery knows the 50-year-old well from their time together at Sevilla, with Monchi overseeing the construction of a squad that won the Europa League in three straight seasons. Monchi will be given full control and plans to return Arsenal to their roots of signing and developing young players with huge potential, something he is a master at and which was lost slightly under Mislintat’s watch.
The German was responsible for signing the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sokratis and Stephan Lichtsteiner, all of whom are 29 or older, while it was Emery who pushed for Matteo Guendouzi’s arrival. While Mislintat was buying experience, Monchi brought some supremely talented teenagers to Rome in the form of Justin Kluivert and Nicolo Zaniolo – the latter bagging a Champions League brace against Porto last week.
There was experience added too through Steven Nonzi and Javier Pastore, though Monchi’s primary brief is finding stars of the future: last season, for example, he unearthed Cengiz Under and Lorenzo Pellegrini. Arsenal are hoping he can replicate that formula at the Emirates, and they won’t have to pay any compensation fee for the sporting director given that his contract expires this summer.