In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, John Hartson has said Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is essential to Arsenal’s hopes this season.
The Gabon international had a wonderful campaign last time out as he bagged the Premier League Golden Boot along with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
In Europe, too, he was in stellar form, netting eight strikes in 12 games on the road to Baku.
If the Gunners are to make it to Gdansk for this term’s showpiece, Hartson believes the 30-year-old will need to be at the top of his game.
He said, “He’s massive, massive for them. He came in, took a bit of pressure off Lacazette and then they started linking up together brilliantly, especially in the Europa League.
“He’s a tremendous finisher, he’s quick, he’s bright, he’s alert, he’s the full package really.”
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However, despite his obvious talent, the former Celtic forward believes he still needs help from his teammates if the north London outfit are to put a strong run together.
“But also as well, he needs a bit of help, he can’t do it on his own. He needs the likes of Ceballos and Ozil to help him out. I’m a huge fan but he can’t do it all. Other players have to step up around him as well.”
Indeed, Aubameyang’s importance to Arsenal cannot be understated. His record since joining from Borussia Dortmund is impeccable, with him scoring 47 times in 71 appearances. None of his teammates have been able to come close during his time at the club.
However, as Hartson says, he will need help along the way. He is a finisher, but he needs someone to provide him with the chances to tuck away.
If he can strike up a partnership with one of the more creative players behind him, though, there is no reason why Arsenal can’t enjoy a truly successful season.