Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: The first African Skipper to win an FA Cup

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Pierre Emerick Aubameyang career stats – The impact of African stars in competitive football reached new heights when for the first time in the history of FA Cup, an African skipper led the way for Arsenal to defeat favorites, Chelsea, in what turned out to be a great display of football.pierre emerick aubameyang stats

There have been some prominent players of Africa in the past to have dominated the oldest English football competition. In the 1953 FA Cup, South Africa-born Bill Perry scored the winning goal to make it 4-3 in favour of Blackpool on the legendary night of final between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers. This came to be known as the “Mathews Final” due to the contribution of outstanding winger Stanley Mathews.

Albert Johanneson was the first black African player to play in the FA Cup final in 1965 for Leeds United. Bruce Grobbelaar became the first African to actually win the FA Cup for Liverpool in 1986. Daniel Amokachi became the first black African to win the FA Cup for Everton in 1995. In 2007, Didier Drogba became the first African player to score in the final of an FA Cup when Chelsea defeated Manchester City.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang career stats

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But Aubameyang was the first African player to have captained aside and go on to win the FA Cup and also being the top scorer of the match. His double goal consisted of a successfully converted 28th-minute penalty kick and an outstanding 67th-minute strike. The way he scored the second goal, bypassing Kurt Zouma and Willy Caballero, displayed a subtle beauty of its own. His outstanding goal affair against finalists Chelsea and semi-finalists Manchester City helped the Gunners to go on to win the tournament. He led a young team to the glory of winning the oldest English football competition.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang career stats

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In an interview with BBC, Mikel Arteta said that Aubameyang deserved to be named along with the greatest footballers that the club was ever home to. And he also wished that Arsenal could retain him for a longer period. With the double in the FA Cup final, the Gabonese international now has 80 goals in all competitions since joining Arsenal in February 2018. With his beautiful and impactful performance, Auba has certainly written his name in history among the greatest African footballers of all time. With FA Cup now over, the season of English football now comes to an end.

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