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Martin Keown says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is closest club have had to Thierry Henry

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The Gabon striker has been on hearth since becoming a member of the Gunners in January

Martin Keown has likened Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal’s all-time prime scorer Thierry Henry.

Aubameyang missed a number of gilt-edged possibilities in Arsenal’s goalless Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon after changing Danny Welbeck, who suffered a serious-looking ankle harm within the first-half.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action against Sporting Lisbon

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in motion in opposition to Sporting Lisbon

Since becoming a member of the Gunners in January, the 29-year-old has netted 19 instances in all competitions, however having watched him in opposition to Sporting, Keown believes Aubameyang wants to do extra to attain the affect Henry had on the north London club.

“He is the closest thing to Thierry Henry that I have seen since he left the club, he really is that good,” Keown, who performed alongside Henry, stated.

“Someone in his camp ought to be pushing him on, dragging that efficiency out of him as a result of he is a particular expertise.

“He scores lots of goals and it’s just a hunger and getting him to that boiling point. I don’t think he was there tonight.”

Aubameyang has featured on the wing in most of his video games this season to accommodate Alexandre Lacazette’s red-hot type.

The Gabon worldwide performed via the center in opposition to Sporting Lisbon and failed to discover the online with 4 makes an attempt.

Despite Arsenal’s first clean in entrance of aim because the opening day of the season, they continue to be prime of their Europa League group.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have formed a good partnership

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have shaped partnership

“Aubameyang really let them down a bit in front of goal, if only he had taken his chances. He’s a player who I rate really very highly,” added Keown on BT Sport.

“He was taken off in opposition to Liverpool and he didn’t appear pleased with that.

“With the [Welbeck] harm, it caught him out greater than anybody else, he wasn’t prepared mentally and I feel on one other evening he would have put these possibilities away.

“[Henrikh] Mkhitaryan is a participant who actually appears to be like out for him, they appear to have a telepathic link-up.

“He just knows these balls are coming, when you see it from another angle it should be a goal. It didn’t quite come off for him.”

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