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How Aubamenyang equalled a 27-year old record, became a Valentine's Day hero.

Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang could not have chosen a better moment and stage to add yet another chapter to his growing pages of successes at Arsenal Football Club.

Yes, on a day the world celebrated love as couples either renewed marital vows or fresh relationships were born, Aubamenyang chose to make a little bit of history.

Playing for Arsenal on Saturday against Leeds at the Emirates stadium, the Gabonese once again showed why his employers did everything to tie him down to an improved deal worth a whopping £250,000-a-week recently.

The Gabonese who is the club's captain, like a true general leading his troops to battle, led by example as he fired home the goals that helped Arsenal beat Leeds United at home.

Unlike other games in which he was more or less anonymous, Aubamenyang was truly in his elements, scoring one, two, three times to not only put his team on the route to victory, but rewrote some portion of the English Premier League books!

The game would eventually close at 4-2 but not before the records in the archives were adjusted to reflect Aubamenyang's new achievement.

He became the 3rd only player after the likes of Matt le Tissier and the legendary Michael Owen to score hattricks on Valentine's Day.

Le Tissier had achieved his record playing for Southampton against Liverpool on February 14, 1994 while Owen, then playing for Liverpool against Sheffield Wednesday, replicated the feat on the same date four years later.

Interestingly, the encounter in which Matt le Tissier scored his hattrick also ended 4-2 in favour of the Saints! Now, 27 years later, it is reoccurring with exactly the same outcome. Talk about thunder striking twice in one place!

More unique was that it was Aubamenyang's second hattrick for the Gunners after he also made history, grabbing three goals in Arsenal's 4-2 win over Valencia in the Europa League's semi-finals in May 2019 -- a feat still being hailed by the pundits because of it's novelty.

He still holds the record as the first ever Arsenal player to score a hattrick in the semi-finals of a European club competition.

And wait for this.... The Gabonese also achieved a unique milestone with the three goals he scored, counting as his 199th, 200th and 201st playing club football across Europe. The achievement thus made him the 9th player to score 200+ in Europe's top five big leagues.

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