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When he opened the scoring against Norwich City on Wednesday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set a Premier League record for Arsenal that had been held by club legend Thierry Henry.

The goal against the Canaries was the striker’s 50th in the Premier League and came in just his 79th match in the competition. 

Aubameyang reached the half-century four matches faster than Henry, the club’s record goalscorer overall and leading PL goalscorer, with 175 top-flight strikes.

After taking 79 matches to reach 50 Premier League goals, Aubameyang is sixth in the Premier League’s overall rankings.

And he is now the joint-leader in the race for the 2019/20 Golden Boot, moving level with Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy on 19 goals as he seeks to win the award for the second season in a row.


The player requiring the fewest appearances to hit 50 goals was Andrew Cole, who achieved the mark in his 65th PL match. 

Fastest scorers of 50 Premier League goals
PlayerDate of 50th goal       Appearances
  Andrew Cole   04/03/1995       65
Alan Shearer  10/09/1994       66
Ruud van Nistelrooy  23/08/2003       68
Fernando Torres  29/12/2009       72
Mohamed Salah  19/01/2019       72
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  01/07/2020       79

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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