Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has thanked Gary Neville after the football pundit described the player as “world class” and a “Premier League great” as he explained why the attacker deserves more recognition than he is currently getting.
Aubameyang has been a fantastic player for the Gunners since he joined the club in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £56million.
He has already scored 60 goals and provided 13 assists in just 95 appearances for the club.
Aubameyang grabbed two goals in their 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday and it was during the analysis of this game that Neville insisted the striker should be recognised as one of the world’s best strikers.
And the 30-year-old forward was quick to thank the former Manchester United defender for his remarks.
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“@GNev2 wow,” Aubameyang tweeted.
“After that, I can also say Aubameyang is a premier League Great.
“Just kidding but thanks, appreciate that.”
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Aubameyang’s brace against the Toffees took his goal tally to 19 this season, 17 of which he has scored in the Premier League.
The Gabon international is now tied with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy as the Premier League’s top goal scorer.
Neville not only praised Aubameyang for his ability to find the back of the net but also for his work rate and leadership skills.
“You talk about Arsenal lacking characters and lacking leadership – I think this guy’s everything you would want,” Neville said on Monday Night Football.
“There’s a bit of Ian Wright in him, I think there’s a bit of nastiness in him, in his interviews after the game he shows personality and character.
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“He works hard off the ball, he works hard on the ball.
“If you look at his minutes per goal, he’s one minute behind Thierry Henry.
“Now Henry played over a longer period of time, he’s ahead of [Mohamed] Salah, Van Nistelrooy.
“Ruud van Nistelrooy at Manchester United, it felt like he scored a goal every 10 seconds – Aubameyang’s scoring a goal ahead in minutes per goal than Van Nistelrooy.
“It’s unbelievable this performance from this lad over two-and-a-half years.
“He’s not mentioned as world class, we don’t mention him as a Premier League great, and I think we have to.”
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