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The stats that show how reliant Arsenal have become on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_img Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his eighth goal of the season against Manchester United at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)When Arsenal went a goal down to Manchester United at Old Trafford, there was only ever one man capable of bailing them out.With Alexandre Lacazette out injured and Nicolas Pepe struggling to find his feet in the Premier League, the onus to score has been very much on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s shoulders in recent weeks and Arsenal’s No.14 has responded in emphatic fashion.Just before the hour mark on Monday night, Aubameyang notched Arsenal’s equaliser with his only attempt in the 90 minutes, reacting smartly to a through ball from the impressive Bukayo Saka before impudently lifting a chip over David De Gea with his weaker left foot.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt was Aubameyang’s eighth goal in as many matches for Arsenal this season and there is a case to be made that he is the most important player to any Premier League side at present such is his form compared to that of the majority of his teammates.ADVERTISEMENTWith Danny Welbeck having been released during the summer, Eddie Nketiah on loan at Leeds and Alexandre Lacazette not due back until after the international break following an ankle injury, the burden on Aubameyang has never been greater.The Gabon international was even pressed into action during the Europa League opener against Eintracht Frankfurt but, as the stats below illustrate, he is in desperate need of a rest…Goal contribution rateSergio Aguero is the only player to have scored more Premier League goals than Aubameyang this season, with the Argentine netting eight times compared to Aubameyang’s seven.Although Aguero remains the main man of City’s attack, goals are well shared out amongst Pep Guardiola’s squad to the extent that his eight goals equate to just 29 per cent of their overall tally of 27 in the Premier League.If Aguero isn’t scoring for City, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez or Gabriel Jesus will step up to the plate. In contrast, if Aubameyang isn’t scoring for Arsenal, their chances of finding the net are significantly reduced, considering he has netted 58 per cent of their total.Only newly-promoted Norwich City have relied more on their leading goalscorer with Teemu Pukki scoring six of their nine goals so far.Percentage of goal contributions for PL’s leading scorersTeemu Pukki (Norwich City)67.00Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)58.00Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)50.00Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)38.00Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)38.00Harry Kane (Spurs)36.00Sergio Aguero (Man City)29.00Raheem Sterling (Man City)22.00 Share Oliver Young-MylesThursday 3 Oct 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Similarly to last season’s golden boot chase, Aubameyang is tied with Salah on 39 goals across that period – some feat considering Salah’s exploits in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign – with Aguero managing 33 and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy scoring 32.Arsenal’s second-leading goalscorer in the Premier League since then is Lacazette on 20.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPoint-winnerAs you’d expect considering he has scored over half of Arsenal’s goals this season, Aubameyang’s strikes have been crucial to their overall points tally.Aubameyang scored the decisive goal against Newcastle on the opening day of the season and has since followed that up with winners against Burnley and Aston Villa.AdvertisementNot only that, Aubameyang netted equalising goals against both Spurs and Manchester United and scored twice to put Arsenal 2-0 in front before their draw against Watford. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have won the Premier League golden boot based on his xG stats last season (Picture: Getty)Mane massively outperformed his xG of 16.54 (+5.24) while Salah was pretty much spot on, scoring as many goals as expected with his 22-goal haul fractionally higher than an xG rate of 21.79 (+0.21).AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, if Aubameyang was slightly wasteful in front of goal last season, he has been anything but this term. In 2019-20, his xG is just 3.58 goals which is just over half of his actual total of seven goals.Essentially, Aubameyang is scoring goals he has no right to score this season, which is worrying for Arsenal in the longer-term. There is surely only so long that Aubameyang will keep producing the goods when starved of high-quality service.Premier League goals since his debutThe speed with which Aubameyang adapted to the Premier League following a big-money move from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 was remarkable and he arguably hasn’t been given enough praise for slotting so seamlessly into English football.A testament to Aubameyang’s goalscoring feats in England is that since his debut against Everton in February 2018, no player has scored more goals in the Premier League than his 39 which have come from only 56 appearances.Most Premier League goals since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s debut:• Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (39)• Mohamed Salah (39)• Sergio Agüero (33)• Jamie Vardy (32)That man again. https://t.co/sIuypndDQw— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 30, 2019 Aubameyang has scored three winning goals in the Premier League already this season (Picture: Getty)In total, Aubameyang’s goals have won Arsenal nine points already this season, or put another way, three-quarters of their total points. Had Arsenal not imploded defensively at Vicarage Road, that figure could have been even higher.This is no new phenomenon either. Since January 2018 when Aubameyang joined Arsenal, his goals have won them 32 points, more than any other Premier League player in that time and seven points more than Harry Kane in second.When the pressure is on, Aubameyang delivers but it is time for some of his teammate to step up and help him out.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Expected goal improvementAlthough Aubameyang ended up sharing the Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane last season with all three netting 22 times, he should have won it outright based upon his expected goals (xG) stats across the season.According to Understat, Aubameyang underperformed relative to his xG by 1.55 goals. In other words, based on the quality of chances he had, Aubameyang should have scored 23.55 goals rather than the 22 he managed.He even missed a sitter to clinch it on the final day against Burnley. The stats that show how reliant Arsenal have become on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more