Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has urged the club to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he cannot agree a new contract with the club, per talkSPORT.
The Gabon international’s current deal expires at the end of next season and he has yet to sign an extension.
That, naturally, may have sparked fears in the Gunners’ camp that he could depart for nothing when the 2020/21 season concludes.
And Parlour, a Gunners legend, believes that the club need to establish exactly what he intends to do so that they can then make a decision on his future.
If he is not keen on sticking around, the former England international has urged the club to move him on and receive a fee so that he can be replaced.
He said: “I think you’ve got to sell him if he doesn’t sign a contract, and then take the money and try to replace him.
“It’s really difficult to keep a player if he doesn’t want to stay.
“It’s a big decision to make, but I don’t know what sort of money you could get for him if he doesn’t want to stay. If you get a good fee for him then you have to try and go out and replace him.
“That is difficult, but it has happened at every single club when players come to the last year of their contract.
“I’m praying that he wants to stay and Arsenal can sign him on a new contract and he can be there for the next two or three years under [Mikel] Arteta.
“It all depends on the manager as well, if they get on, and also if he feels the club is going forward.
“That is the big decision the club have got to make, but hopefully he stays.”
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
Parlour is right.
But, really, Arsenal need to be pulling out all the stops to keep Aubameyang.
This is a striker that has captained the club at times this season and has been a bright spot in a relatively poor season for the Gunners.
Indeed, he has netted 20 goals in 32 games in all competitions this term and the club’s first priority – even before buying any new players – has to be ensuring that he wants to remain in north London.
Of course, it remains to be seen what Aubameyang believes; he may want to play in the Champions League and there is currently precious little chance of doing that at the Emirates.
Nevertheless, they must at least try to convince him.
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