Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been described as a ‘killer’ by his former boss Unai Emery because the Spaniard prepares to steer his Villarreal aspect out in opposition to Arsenal within the Europa League on Thursday night time.
Emery, who spent 18 months years with Aubameyang at Arsenal from 2018, returns to the Emirates Stadium for the primary time together with his present aspect holding a 2-1 mixture lead within the semi-final of the competitors.
Aubameyang scored a hat-trick for Emery’s Arsenal as they gained in Valencia to succeed in the ultimate two years in the past, solely to lose to Chelsea in Baku.
Aubameyang was a late substitute in final week’s first leg having solely not too long ago recovered from malaria – however he’s prone to begin on Thursday as Arsenal look to overturn the deficit and make the ultimate.
The Gabon ahead gained the Premier League Golden Boot alongside Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in Emery’s sole full season on the helm.
Requested if he feels Aubameyang stays on the record of Europe’s high strikers and the way he plans to cease him, Emery replied: “Aubameyang is a killer.
“He was, he’s and he’ll all the time be. He has been via a strategy of being out of the group due to the sickness he has had however he’s again.
“He’s there to work, to defend the group and provides every little thing for the group, hoping he can carry out on the high stage and if that occurs he’s going to be very tough to cease.
“We look forward to finding one of the best Aubameyang attainable, the identical with Granit Xhaka, I feel he is a superb particular person, a very nice footballer.
“He was the highest scorer within the Premier League after I was there, he’s actually good bodily and is a killer, like I mentioned.”
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Regardless of Villarreal’s slim victory at El Madrigal, Emery insists he nonetheless sees Arsenal as favourites to progress into the ultimate in Gdansk on Might 26.
“I contemplate the first-leg consequence doesn’t change how I see the preliminary competitors,” he added.
“Arsenal began as favourites and they’re nonetheless favourites at this stage. We’ll attempt to compete in opposition to this sort of group – these favorite groups – however the first-leg result’s actually slim to make something change.
“Why (are they favourites)? Due to historical past, due to the current, due to the flexibility and the extent, from the funds, from the gamers they’ve of their squad – I contemplate them favourites. We’re the underdogs.”