Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang labels Liverpool’s Sadio Mane a ‘wild animal’

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on November 08, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a big fan of the Liverpool star on and off the field (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has described Liverpool star Sadio Mane as a ‘wild animal’ on the pitch, saying the forward is ‘the type of player every manager would like to have.’

Aubameyang and Mane are two of the finest African footballers ever and have contested the African Football of the Year prize in recent years.

The Arsenal man won the award in 2015, when he was at Borussia Dortmund, while Sadio Mane is the holder of the prize, winning it last year.

The Gunners skipper has the ultimate respect for Mane as a player and as a man, hailing the work the Liverpool man does back at home in Senegal.

‘Sadio is the player of the Africans,’ Aubameyang told Stades, via WiwSport. ‘He’s also the type of player every manager would like to have in their team.

‘Like all African players in the Premier League, we tease each other, joke before and after each game.

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Sadio Mane has already scored four goals in seven Premier League games this season (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Sadio, once kick off has taken place, he’s a wild animal. I have a lot of respect for him, because after what you see on social media and the news, he’s someone who’s done a lot for his native village.’

Abu Usamah Al-Tahabi, the imam at Al Rahma Mosque in Toxteth, Liverpool explained to the BBC how Mane has helped his home village of Bambali.

‘Sadio comes from a poor community. He is the type of guy who will help. He has a lot of initiatives and has helped build a mosque in his home village,’ said Al-Thabi.

‘He comes to the mosque often. At his house he has a Bentley – but he comes to us in a not-so-fancy car, so he is incognito.

‘He’s not a person looking for fanfare. There’s no arrogance.’

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