Former Arsenal chief Sven Mislintat believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s “team player” attitude separates him from other elite strikers – but feels his unselfishness has prevented him from sealing a dream move to Real Madrid.
Mislintat, the Gunners’ former head of recruitment, helped bring Aubameyang to the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
The Gabon international, 30, has quickly emerged as one of the deadliest strikers in the Premier League, scoring an impressive 49 goals in 75 appearances for the north Londoners.
Indeed Aubameyang, who shared last season’s Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, has proved his critics wrong after facing accusations over his attitude.
And Mislintat, now sporting director at German club Stuttgart, has given insight into Aubameyang’s selfless attitude and has no doubt that he is among the most talented forwards in the world.
Speaking to The Athletic , he said: “He is one, possibly the only one, of these extraordinary top, top, top strikers who is an absolute team player.
“A striker like Neymar or (Sergio) Aguero, for example, would never give a penalty to Pepe to score his first goal. It’s vice versa — ‘Come on, I will take this penalty kick, nobody else!’
“Auba gave the chance to (Nicolas) Pepe. 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 (Alexandre) Lacazette to adapt to the Premier League.
Aubameyang, who began his professional career with Italian giants AC Milan, is known to be a boyhood Real Madrid supporter.
And he still maintains a dream of playing for the Spanish giants, if recent comments by his mother are anything to go by.
“He promised his grandfather that he would play for Real Madrid and since he was a little boy, he spoke about Madrid and never about Barcelona,” his mother previously explained.
“My family have always been Real Madrid.”