Stop, dont do it! Gunners hero urges Arsenal to keep Aubameyang at Emirates for this exciting reason
Arsenal hero Paul Merson has urged his former club not to sell star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the end of the season.
The feeling in the media is that Aubameyang is not happy with the direction of the club, as he had hoped the club would be challenging for the Premier League title and playing Champions League football on a yearly basis, which has not happened.
But there is also a feeing that the Arsenal will do all they can to try and secure a new contract with their star man by offering him the kind of deal that he simply cannot refuse, must like the one Mesut Ozil signed just a few seasons ago.
Publicly, Aubameyang has maintained he is content with life at Arsenal but with talks over a contract extension having stalled Barcelona are likely to test the waters again come the summer
it has been suggested in some quarters that Arteta should offload the 30-year-old and place his faith in Gabriel Martinelli, the £6million teenage revelation who has scored 10 first-team goals this term despite only making 13 starts across all competitions.
Yet Arsenal hero Merson, who spent over a decade as a player for the club, thinks Arteta should instead keep Aubameyang an extra year – even if it means losing him without them recouping a fee for their most valuable asset.
And that’s because he believes Martinelli is not prepared to be the main source of goals for a Champions League-chasing team.
Merson wrote in his a SKY SPORTS column: “I thought Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be about 31, 32 when he left, and if I was Arsenal I’d keep him in the summer.
“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.
“Gabriel Martinelli could be a top player and I like him, but if I keep Aubameyang I’ve got 15-20 goals, and that’s some doing.
“To ask Martinelli to come in and do that, you couldn’t ask that. We think these players are 22 or 23, but at 18 to do it in this league, I’m a big fan of his, it’s just all about timing.”
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