Mikel Arteta believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could “succeed what Thierry Henry did” if he stays at Arsenal.
The Gunners boss will begin rebuilding his underachieving side in the summer and wants Aubameyang to extend his contract which currently has just a year left.
Aubameyang became the fastest Arsenal star in Premier League history to score 50 goals when he netted in Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Norwich.
Henry lifted two titles, one with the Invincibles, as well as the FA Cup and reached the Champions League Final during his time at Arsenal.
But Arteta believes his side will be able to challenge for similar honors if Aubameyang stays.
He said: “He knows what we are trying to do. He is totally on board.
“He’s very committed, and hopefully we can extend his contract and keep him here for longer and succeed what Thierry did here.
“That is not only winning individual trophies but winning championships as well.”
Aubameyang’s goal on Wednesday night was part of a brace which leaves him challenging Jamie Vardy challenging for this season’s Golden Boot.
Arteta added: “He’s the first player in Arsenal’s history to score the 50th and 51st goals so early, and that says everything about the player. Because without the mentality that he has that would’ve been impossible.”
Meanwhile Arsenal new boy Cedric Soares has insisted his boyhood friendship with Wolves keeper Rui Patricio will count for little when they compete for a Champions League place on Saturday.
Arsenal have won three in a row to regain their confidence. They sit seventh, six points off the top six.
Wolves, one place above them, will go back into a potential Champions League qualifying place with victory on Saturday.
Soares: “I have known Rui Patricio since I was 11 and he was three years older. He grew up with my brother (Kevin) because they played together at Sporting Lisbon and he used to spend a lot of time in our house. Of course I have also played with him many times for Sporting and for Portugal.
“But when we are on the pitch we just want the best for our team and if I have the opportunity to play on Saturday I will be giving 100 percent.”