If Arsenal are to return to the top four this season, they will do so because of the influence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It is perhaps only the fact that they are not widely considered contenders for the Premier League title, and are not competing in the Champions League, that means he is not even more widely considered one of the finest attackers in the world.
Whether playing, unusually in the modern era, as one of two strikers alongside the similarly prolific Alexandre Lacazette, or through the middle or from the left of a front three, Aubameyang’s eight goals in 10 appearances so far in 2019/20 demonstrate he is perhaps at the peak of his powers and is as potent in the final third as domestic rivals Sergio Agüero, Harry Kane, Mo Salah and more.
That six of those came in five appearances no doubt contributed to him being named September’s player of the month, after Norwich’s Teemu Pukki had been August’s winner, and his team remaining unbeaten throughout. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, John McGinn, Ricardo Pereira, Son Heung-min and Callum Wilson, incidentally, completed the eight-strong shortlist for the award – one Aubameyang also won in October 2018.