Ray Parlour disagrees with claims from Gary Neville that Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is already a Premier League ‘great’ after two-and-a-half years in England
After watching the striker score twice in the Gunners’ 3-2 victory over Everton on Sunday, Sky Sports pundit and Manchester United legend Neville claimed Aubameyang deserves to already be ranked among the division’s all-time best attacking players.
“You talk about Arsenal lacking characters and lacking leadership, I think this guy is everything you could want,” said Neville on Monday Night Football.
“There’s a bit of Ian Wright in him, a bit of nastiness in him. In his interviews after a game he shows personality and character, he works hard off the ball and he works hard on the ball.
“If you look at his minutes-to-goal, this is in Premier League history, Serio Aguero is at the top [with 107], then Harry Kane , Thierry Henry  and then it’s Aubameyang .
“It’s unbelievable the performances of this lad over the last two years. He’s not mentioned as world-class, we don’t talk of him as a Premier League great and I think we have to.”
Aubameyang even responded to those claims on social media.
Aubameyang has scored 60 goals in just 95 appearances since joining Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
The Gabon international was the joint-winner of the Premier League Golden Boot last season, sharing it with Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane after netting 22 goals.
And he is leading the running for the award again this term, with his fine brace against Everton taking his tally to 17 league goals – level with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.
In fact, since the start of last season he has the most goals of any Premier League player, with 39.
Parlour is obviously a huge fan of Aubameyang, and believes without his goals Arsenal could be in a RELEGATION BATTLE this season.
But he does question whether the striker can be considered a Premier League ‘great’ just yet.
“I think you’ve got to look a bit more at longevity,” the Highbury hero said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“Aguero, Henry, Alan Shearer, Robbie Fowler, all these sort of guys did it year-in, year-out.
“You can’t argue with his [Aubameyang’s] record, and if he hadn’t scored the goals he’s scored this season Arsenal could be very much more in a relegation battle than trying to get in that top five.
“He’s been such an important player for Arsenal going forward with the goals he scores; he’s very clinical once he’s in position.
“He looked very similar to Henry at the weekend. Once he’s through one-on-one that’s all he needs.
“Henry used to play just off the left hand side as well, and the way he [Aubameyang] just opened his body out and bent the ball into the far corner was very similar to Henry.
“But whether you can call him a Premier League great yet, I’m not sure about that.”