Neville: It’s time to ‘start recognising’ Aubameyang as world class

Date published: Monday 24th February 2020 10:52

Gary Neville Manchester United

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his performances since joining Arsenal, according to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.

The Gabon striker hit a brace in Sunday’s 3-2 Premier League victory over Everton as the Gunners rallied from conceding inside 49 seconds to secure their third win in a week.

That takes Aubameyang‘s goal tally for the season to 17, level at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.

The 30-year-old was linked with a move away in January and rumours continue to circulate, especially given his contract expires at the end of next season.

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And Neville reckons the Arsenal striker needs to be given more credit for his high level of performances over the past couple of seasons.

Neville told Sky Sports: “Including me, we have stopped short of announcing Aubameyang as world class. We’re happy to go with Aguero, we’re happy to go with Mane and Salah, Firmino, Kane… all these players who have graced the Premier League in the last two or three seasons.

“I feel that Aubameyang doesn’t get that same credit and maybe it’s something that comes from when he first entered into English football. It was a case of, ‘Why didn’t any of the top clubs want him? How did Arsenal get him? Is there something wrong with him? Why didn’t Klopp take him to Anfield?’ All these questions were being asked. I asked them myself.

 

“But now we’re talking about a really high level of performance over a couple of years and today, I thought it was a brilliant performance from him. Not just his goals, which he took really well, but also the shift that he put in.”

Neville added: “I didn’t know how he would adapt to being told to go and play on the left-hand side – and the idea of doing a shift there when you think you’re the top man and you’re the goalscorer – but he seems to have really bought into it.

“He doesn’t look like he has been a moment’s bother since he’s come to Arsenal, so all the suggestions that he could have issues off the pitch have not materialised.

“I think it’s getting to the point now where you could argue that he is the top goalscorer in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons.

“He’s one of the best players we’ve got in the Premier League, but for some reason he doesn’t quite get the credit and the plaudits that others get. I don’t know why that is, but I think now’s the time for us all to start recognising the quality and the brilliance of this player.

“He fights for the team, he’s always there, and for me, he’s everything you would want in a football player.”

 

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