Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin hails Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for breaking Thierry Henry’s goal record

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the quickest Arsenal player to hit 50 goals
Aubameyang netted a brace against Norwich City (Picture: Getty Images)

Hector Bellerin says the Arsenal squad are ‘very happy’ to have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their ranks after he broke Thierry Henry’s goal record in the 4-0 win over Norwich City on Wednesday night.

The Gabon international scored his 50th and 51st Premier League goals in his 79th appearance, becoming the quickest player in the club’s history to hit the half century landmark.

Gunners legend Henry had previously held the record for reaching 50 league goals in 83 games, and Bellerin was full of praise for his captain’s impressive achievement.

‘I think the stats speak for themselves,’ Bellerin said.

‘It is very hard nowadays to get a striker that can score that many goals in that many games. We are very happy to have him.

‘He has proved that he is also working really hard, because some of the goals he scores comes from the hard work the whole team is doing on the pitch, from pressing really high.’

Aubameyang scored 50 goals in 79 games, beating Henry's record
Aubameyang beat Arsenal legend Henry’s record (Picture: Getty Images)

Aubameyang’s goals helped fire his side to their third consecutive win in all competitions, taking them up to seventh place in the table.

After a dreadful beginning to the restart, losing against Manchester City and Brighton, the Gunners are now eight points behind fourth-placed team Chelsea, and Bellerin believes there is still a chance they can qualify for the Champions League.

‘For us that has been the goal since the beginning of the season,’ he added.

‘And obviously coming back from lockdown that has always been our goal.

‘It wasn’t the best of starts to our Premier League return, but we have been working really hard through the whole of quarantine – not just physically but tactically as well.

‘I think we just needed those games to get all those new concepts onto the pitch. I think slowly we are getting there and we are improving.’

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