Arsenal legend Paul Merson has weighed in on when the club should allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave the club.
In his column for Sky Sports, the pundit claimed that he would keep the star man so that the club has a better chance at qualifying for the Champions League, then allow him to leave for free when his contract expires in the summer of 2021 despite reported interest from Barcelona.
He said: “I’d keep him and say, you know what, give him what you can next year and get us into the Champions League and you can go for free. It’s hard to buy goals, and he’s a natural scorer.” (Source: Sky Sports)
Arsenal aren’t exactly a club in desperate need of money as seen by their purchases during last summer’s transfer window with the north London outfit spending over £140m.
The 30-year-old has been one of the club’s standout players in what has proven to be a poor campaign for the club, notching up the most Premier League goals (14), more than his next four teammates combined (via WhoScored). Should the north London outfit let him go, Mikel Arteta may well struggle to replace him in what is proving to be an inflated transfer market (via RTE).
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Indeed, should he remain, the club would be holding on to a centre forward, who is proves to be crucial to their attacking play. Aubameyang averages more shots per game than any of his teammates, showing how he possesses better attacking instincts in and around the final third compared to his colleagues.
Merson is correct in his claims that the side should keep the striker as a mixture of his ability and inflation in the current transfer market makes replacing the former Borussia Dortmund an almost impossible task.
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