Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has heaped praise on Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.
Aubameyang scored just 10 goals throughout the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, but the French attacker says he is one of the best strikers in world football currently.
The Gabon captain has been a resounding success since joining the Gunners in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund, scoring an impressive 85 goals in 148 games.
Arsenal fans had plenty of optimism after the 31-year-old helped the club lift the FA Cup last year, scoring a brace in the semi-final and final as the Gunners defeated Manchester City and Chelsea 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.
However, the Gabonese frontman endured a difficult 2020/21 campaign, netting just ten times in the Premier League as Arsenal finished in eighth place in the English top-flight.
Aubameyang, who turns 32 next week, may have endured a downturn in his recent goal scoring exploits, but something that he hasn’t lost is his electric speed, according to the French attacker.
“Recently, I was speaking with my father about a player who impressed me from the stands, because I was not playing, because of his speed qualities, that is Jeremy Doku, at Rennes,” Mbappe told Get French Football News (GFFN).
“In five years as a professional, I have never seen someone from a standing start demonstrate so much power.
“In terms of an incredibly quick player, I would also put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Neymar too, certainly before his injuries. He could change direction with crazy ease.
“There are also players less explosive from a standing start like Kyle Walker at Manchester City.”
Arsenal fans will hope that Mbappe’s praise can help boost Aubameyang’s confidence as the Gunners supporters look to their captain to prove doubters wrong next season.
He is set to enter his fourth season in north London in August, with the Gunners set to be without European football for the first time in 25 years.
Mbappe is currently with the France national team who are participating in the on-going Euro 2020 tournament. Les Bleus begin their campaign against Germany on Tuesday night. The clash is scheduled to kick off at 9 PM (SA time) at the Allianz Arena.
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