Ainsley Maitland-Niles has missed a special moment between Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in person.
The 23-year-old is currently on loan at West Brom which means he was not present for when the Gunners captain was handed a gift to celebrate his goalscoring milestone.
After netting in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United back in January, it brought up goal number 300 in Aubameyang ‘s career – a quite impressive record that spans across six clubs and for the Gabon national team.
His loan move to the Baggies was confirmed on transfer deadline at the beginning of last month and he has been getting regular game time in his favoured central midfield position under Sam Allardyce.
Having temporarily relocated, Maitland-Niles has to rely on phone messages and social media for the latest goings-on at the London Colney training base.
Case in point being the small celebration of Aubameyang’s milestone.
And to mark the special feat, Lacazette presented the 31-year-old with a small trophy that had the number ‘300’ on top.
Clearly not expecting the present, Aubameyang took to social media and thanked his teammate.
“Big surprise from my brother today,” Aubameyang wrote on Instagram. “What a nice present.”
To which Maitland-Niles responded with a two-word message for his teammates.
“My brothers,” he wrote accompanied by a pair of love heart emojis.
Maitland-Niles wasn’t the only Arsenal player to comment on the post as Cedric and David Luiz shared messages, as did Gunners legend Ian Wright.
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Aubameyang has since added to that milestone by scoring 200 goals in Europe’s top-five leagues as well as notching his first Premier League hat-trick.
Both feats were achieved in a 4-2 win over Leeds United last month.
However, he was denied another special moment in the north London derby at the weekend as a disciplinary issue saw him dropped by manager Mikel Arteta for 2-1 win against Tottenham.