Saturday Jun 06, 2020. 11:00
Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be sold if he doesn’t extend his contract with Arsenal FC.
This is according to Arsenal legend Ray Parlour, who explained that the English giants cannot afford to lose Aubameyang on a free transfer.
The prolific marksman’s current deal with the Gunners is set to expire at the end of June 2021 having established himself as one of the best players in England.
Arsenal’s English rivals, Manchester United and Spanish giants Real Madrid are said to be monitoring his situation at the London-based side.
“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,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“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.
Aubamenyang, who is also Arsenal’s club captain, has netted 17 goals in 26 Premier League matches this season.
“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,” Parlour added.
“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.”
Arsenal will look to Aubameyang when they take on Manchester City in a league match on June 17.