Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ‘too good for Arsenal’ but believes the Gunners should gamble by keeping him at the club this summer.
Aubameyang has been prolific ever since arriving at the Emirates in January 2018, scoring 61 goals in 97 appearances despite Arsenal’s struggles during the same period.
However, last season’s joint-winner of the Premier League Golden Boot is entering the final year of his contract and is yet to agree a new deal, with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly interested.
The situation leaves the Gunners hierarchy facing a tough choice between cashing in now or potentially watching him walk away for nothing in 12 months’ time. But with Mikel Arteta desperate to force the club back into the Champions League, Carragher believes holding onto the 30-year-old would be a risk worth taking.
“We had that, at times, at Liverpool with maybe Luis Suarez and certain players that you have in your squad. You are desperate to keep hold of them because you are thinking as a club you want to build around this player and if that player goes you feel like you’re starting again.
“That will be a decision for them. It’s okay saying if he doesn’t want to be there let him go. I hear all this but it’s not easy when you are at that club and you have a player of such star quality, who is probably nailed on this season and next season to be there or thereabouts for the golden boot.
“It’s not easy to find goal scorers. I’d keep Aubameyang and see what you could do. Could you bring players in around that, hopefully have a successful season and maybe in the next 12 months convince him to stay?
“If not, I think it gives Arsenal a greater chance of getting back into the top four and that’s where they need to be.”