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11 October 2019 11:50

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Sven Mislintat's reason why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chose Arsenal over more lucrative offers

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has enjoyed a prolific goalscoring start to the new season (Picture: Getty) Arsenal's former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's selfless attitude ultimately will cost him the opportunity to play for either Real Madrid or Barcelona. Mislintat helped engineer Aubameyang's move to north London from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and the Gabon international has since cemented his reputation as one of world football's most consistent goalscorers. The 30-year-old shared last season's Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, while he has begun the current campaign in similarly prolific fashion, scoring eight goals in 10 appearances. According to The Athletic, Arsene Wenger harboured reservations about Aubameyang's attitude prior to his £56million transfer, but the former Saint Etienne striker has proven to be the ultimate team player and was recently rewarded with the vice captaincy by Unai Emery. In the victory over Aston Villa last month, Aubameyang offered new signing Nicolas Pepe to open his account for Arsenal by allowing him to take a penalty and Mislintat believes it is that sort of attitude that separates him from other elite strikers.

'He is one, possibly the only one, of these extraordinary top, top, top strikers who is an absolute team player,' Mislintat told the Athletic. 'A striker like Neymar or (Sergio) Aguero, for example, would never give a penalty to Pepe to score his first goal. His instinct was, 'Let's score and let's go forward together.' He takes care about his team-mates. 'Since he joined Arsenal, he played where he was asked and needed, and so he helped especially Lacazette to adapt to the Premier League. 'Maybe this attitude costs him to play for clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona but maybe they made a mistake not to go for him.

Sven Mislintat has spoken of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's decision to join Arsenal, saying that his main priority was to play for 'a big side in England or Spain'. Aubameyang was met with a number of lucrative offers including several from the Chinese Super League, but decided to move to the Gunners in order to achieve his ambitions in the game. Sven Mislintat was Arsenal's head of recruitment at the time, and speaking to The Athletic, he believes that a move to North London has helped to establish him a top goalscorer. "There were some rumours he was going to go to China. "I knew Auba well and knew he wanted to play for a big side in England or Spain.

"Today, he is one of a few players who were able to score a substantial number of goals in at least three of the big five leagues. "I dislike losing, so I went in and we made the transfer of Auba with the help of Huss Fahmy (Arsenal's chief negotiator) and Arsene Wenger." 'Neymar or Aguero wouldn't give up a penalty' – Aubameyang is Arsenal's 'absolute team player', says Mislintat The Gunners' former head of recruitment, who helped to take the Gabonese striker to north London, has saluted the qualities he brings to any team Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been billed as the "absolute team player" by Sven Mislintat, with the Arsenal striker considered to boast qualities that the likes of Neymar and Sergio Aguero do not. Arsenal are now the ones benefiting from that skill set, with former head of recruitment Mislintat having helped to take him to the Emirates Stadium in January 2018. Aubameyang has thrived in England, recording 49 goals in 75 appearances for the Gunners to date, but has been hailed as much more than just a finisher. "He is one, possibly the only one, of these extraordinary top, top, top strikers who is an absolute team player," Mislintat told The Athletic.

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"A striker like Neymar or Aguero, for example, would never give a penalty to Pepe to score his first goal. "Since he joined Arsenal, he played where he was asked and needed, and so he helped especially Lacazette to adapt to the Premier League. "Maybe this attitude costs him to play for clubs like or but maybe they made a mistake not to go for him. Aubameyang allowed Nicolas Pepe to step up to the spot and record his first goal for Arsenal during a Premier League clash with. Mislintat added on Aubameyang's decision to swap Dortmund for Arsenal: "It was clear Auba had to make the next move in his career. "There were some rumours he was going to go to. "I knew Auba well and knew he wanted to play for a big side in or. When I started talking to him, it was obvious it was not about money; it was about a new challenge, to play in the biggest and most competitive league to compete with the best players. "Today, he is one of a few players who were able to score a substantial number of goals in at least three of the big five leagues." Aubameyang leads Gabon past Burkina Faso, Senegal draw with Brazil Gabon saw their top goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang return for their encounter with Burkina Faso at Stade Municipal on Thursday evening. On what was Neymar's 100th appearance for the Selecao, forward Roberto Firmino put the South Americans ahead in the ninth minute with a lobbed effort, and it seemed as though Tite's side would go in a goal up at half-time. The hosts went ahead through Islam Slimani in minute six, but his effort was cancelled out by Cedric Bakambu's goal just before the half-hour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his red hot form in front of goal for his country on Thursday, which has resulted in some Arsenal fans labelling him as the best striker in the world. The 30-year-old converted from the spot six minutes from time to give Gabon a 1-0 victory against Burkina Faso, taking his tally to nine goals in 11 games for club and country in the process. Arsenal shared the news of Aubameyang's late effort on Twitter, which led to these Gunners fans praising the forward, with many making the bold best in the world claim. Twitter: Another game, another goal for Auba @Aubameyang7 converted a late penalty as Gabon beat Burkina Faso 1-0 Ou… (@Arsenal) Twitter: @Arsenal @Aubameyang7 BEST STRIKER IN THE WORLD (@HafidhiFaridi1) Twitter: @Arsenal @Aubameyang7 King Auba (@MrsCamacho17) Twitter: @Arsenal @Aubameyang7 The best ST in the world rn (@DaOneonly4) Twitter: @Arsenal @Aubameyang7 Best striker in the world (@Fredo_cas16) Twitter: @Arsenal @Aubameyang7 Too good (@arsenal_your) Twitter: @Arsenal @Aubameyang7 Best striker in the world (@AFC_Inho) Aubameyang is likely to feature for his country again on Tuesday against Morocco in another international friendly, and everyone associated with the Gunners will be praying he doesn't pick up a knock before his return to north London. The forward has won the Gunners 12 points with his goals already this season, with David Luiz's strike against Bournemouth prior to the international break the first time in the league that Unai Emery hasn't had to rely on Aubameyang's brilliance. He's certainly a strong contender to be thought of as the best striker in the world at this moment in time, and he's also on course to better his 22 Premier League strikes from last season. Is Aubameyang the best striker in the world?