Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes his shared Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool’s African duo, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, was a victory for African football.
Aubameyang, like Salah and Mane, ended the 2018/19 Premier League season with 22 goals; an outcome which saw all three players collect the Premier League Golden Boot on Sunday afternoon.
While Salah became the first African to win the top marksman award for two seasons in a row, Senegalese, Mane and Gabonese, Aubameyang, both set records by becoming the first players from their respective countries to pick the honor; and the Arsenal forward believes their ranking highlights a positive prospect for African football.
The Gabon captain spoke to The Sun: ‘It means a lot. I am really happy and proud of it.
‘I am sharing this trophy with Mane and Salah – and I like these two guys. We are representing Africa so it is a good sign for the continent.
‘I am really proud and I have to thank my team-mates for helping me to get it.’
Aubameyang moved to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, and he has promised that the fierce and competitive nature of the English game will only motivate him to better his 32 goals in 49 games next season.
‘Now you can say the Premier League is the best in the world because four clubs are in the finals and as we saw this season, Liverpool and Manchester City played the last game for the title. So that’s why I came here, for that.
‘It is always a tough battle when you play a game here in England and you have to be ready physically. That’s the most important change when I came here from Germany.
‘It took a little bit of time. I had six months to adjust me to this league.
‘I think I did well in the first six months and now I have the whole season. I am happy with that. Hopefully I will do better next season.’