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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals why he picked #14

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had a fantastic start to his Arsenal career.
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New strikers at Arsenal, especially francophone ones, will be compared to Thierry Henry. It’s inevitable - like the sun rising in the morning or Arsenal fans yelling “SHOOOOOTTT” when Granit Xhaka is on the ball.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang didn’t do himself any favors by selecting Henry’s old number (14) back in February when he joined the club. In an interview published to Arsenal.com, the striker revealed he didn’t have much of a choice.

There weren’t many numbers left to choose from...I wanted number 7, but Mkhi arrived and took it.

Aubameyang said he won’t compare himself to Henry because of the Frenchman’s numerous achievements as a footballer but that he would like to “follow in the footsteps of a legend” and that he “hopes to honor” the number.

And he’s off to a good start. He’s tallied 8 goals and 4 assists in 11 appearances, numbers that should go up next year as he develops a better understanding with his teammates. He already has fantastic chemistry with Henrikh Mkhitaryan from their time together at Dortmund. Most promising was his performance alongside Alexandre Lacazette against Burnley. The two strikers combined for three goals, showing that it doesn’t have to be one or the other on the pitch at a time.

Aubameyang won’t come close to Henry’s scoring records at Arsenal because of his age - he’s 28, Henry joined the club at 22. But as long as he keeps banging in goals, it’s all good in my book. I’m excited for the attack next season and relieved that Arsenal finally aren’t entering a transfer window in need of help at striker.