Playing every single minute of Premier League football for Arsenal this season, there’s no denying how important Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is to Mikel Arteta’s plans.

The same can be said for Sadio Mané at Liverpool, who has found the back of the net four times and assisted another two in seven league appearances.

The two players know each other well, having played on opposing teams in the same league for a while now, which, despite their different clubs, has helped them develop a friendship and a lot of respect for each other.

Speaking to Stades, relayed by WiwSport, Aubameyang opened up about the Liverpool winger and what he means not just for his country, but the entire continent of Africa.

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He said: “Sadio is the player of the Africans. He’s also the type of players 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.

“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”.

The Arsenal man also talked about how, despite being from Gabon, he’s always been a fan of Senegal’s football team, which all started thanks to another Liverpool player, El Hadji Diouf.

Aubameyang played all 180 minutes for his country over the international break, helping them beat The Gambia at home 2-1, before losing the return leg 2-1 at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.