Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang paid tribute to his Arsenal teammates after two goals on the final day of the season saw him share the Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The Gabon international’s brace helped Unai Emery’s side record a 3-1 win at Turf Moore that saw them miss out on a top four place by a solitary point.
Aubameyang, who scored a hat-trick in Thursday’s victory over Valencia, now has 31 goals for the campaign in all competitions ahead of the Europa League final against Chelsea in just over a fortnight’s time.
On his teammates knowing he was in contention for the Golden Boot, he said: ‘Yeah, they knew it. Me? I said nothing to the guys because I didn’t want them to only focus on me.
‘I’m a team player and if I wasn’t scoring, it wouldn’t have mattered. But I scored and I’m really happy for that. I have to be thankful to the team.
‘Yeah, of course [I’m happy to score 30 goals]. It was a tough season but I had the chance to score goals, because the team played a great season.
‘Of course the last months were not the best in the Premier League, but the whole season, we put in a great effort.’
Aubameyang missed a late chance to complete a second hat-trick in three days and win the Golden Boot outright but preferred to concentrate on the contribution of Eddie Nketiah who scored his first ever Premier League goal with the last kick of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign.
He added: Yeah, it was near – but sometimes that can happen.
‘I have to be focused on those kinds of chances, but I’m happy that we won and that I’m sharing the [Golden Boot] trophy with two other guys that I like.
‘Yeah, of course [I am delighted for Eddie]. That’s good for the club, when you have young players coming into the first team and scoring. Eddie always works hard for the team, so I’m happy for him.’