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Aubameyang second Arsenal player to log consecutive 20-goal seasons

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just became the second player in Arsenal’s history to score at least 20 Premier League goals in straight seasons after his team drew with Leicester City 1-1 Tuesday night at the Emirates Stadium.

Before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the only other Gunners player to record 20 or more Premier League goals in consecutive seasons was Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who scored at least 20 goals in the EPL five straight times from the 2001-2002 season to the 2006-2007 season.

As for Aubameyang, he achieved the feat in the 21st minute of the first half versus Leicester City, beating Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel one-one-one.

Gifted with a magnificent cross from his Arsenal teammate Bukayo Saka, the Gabonese striker netted the goal past Schmeichel’s reach to give his team the lead going into the half-time break.

Although Leicester City target man Jamie Vardy would later equalize in the 84th minute in the second half, the resulting draw should not diminish Aubameyang’s inclusion in Arsenal’s all-time record books.

Continuing his top form

Aubameyang came into the Premier League through Arsenal, after having been signed away from his previous team, Bundesliga powerhouse Borussia Dortmund in January of 2018.

He made his EPL debut during the second half of the 2017-2018 season, wherein he scored ten goals for the Gunners in 13 league matches.

Of course, after that impressive debut, he would go on to reach new heights.

In the following season, he would finish with 22 goals from 36 appearances, while managing to share the Premier League Golden Boot prize with Liverpool’s deadly duo, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.

This current 2019-2020 season now sees that 20-plus goal streak continue with Aubameyang scoring against Leicester City.

Apart from completing two consecutive seasons with at least 20 Premier League goals, the Gabon international also holds the distinction of being the fastest Arsenal player in the EPL era to reach 50 goals.

Aubameyang achieved this feat in just 79 games, which is four games quicker than the previous Arsenal record-holder, the legendary Titou himself, Thierry Henry, who needed 87 matches.

Tough times ahead for Arsenal

Right now, the Gunners sit at seventh in the Premier League standings, just a couple of points behind the Wolverhampton Wanderers.

While it is now impossible for Arsenal to take the league title in the current season, by virtue of league leader Liverpool already proven mathematically to be the champs, they still have a chance to qualify for the Champions League next season.

As it stands, Arsenal now only have four remaining matches to play, and they have to make the most out of them. If they can’t finish the season in the top four, they can still book a ticket through the Champions League by way of their Europa League qualification.

Image 1 courtesy of Arsenal FC Official Website, Image 2 courtesy of Arsenal FC Official Website

Guile Canencia

Guile Canencia has been a web content writer since 2012. He is endlessly fascinated by advances in consumer technology, while also a fan of comic books, music, and sports. In his free time, he loves to spend time with his wife, play soccer, and walk his pet mini schnauzer Mr. Miyagi.

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