Traore: Aubameyang key to Arsenal's top-four hopes

Traore: Aubameyang key to Arsenal's top-four hopes
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal warms up

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Sep 03, 2020. 13:00

Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is key to Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the English Premier League top four.

This is according to Senegal international Armand Traore, who was on the books of Arsenal between 2005 and 2011.

Aubameyang’s current deal with the Gunners is set to expire at the end of June 2021 and the club is keen to extend his stay ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

Traore, who is currently a free agent, also believes that the London giants need Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

“First of all, they need to keep Aubameyang if they want to do that [finish in the top four],” Traore told Talk Sport.

“I would strengthen the central defence. I wouldn’t mind a guy like Partey in there sitting in front of the defence or somebody a bit angry.

“He [Partey] reminds me a bit of your Gilberto [Silva] or [Patrick] Vieira [in terms of] somebody who can go out there and give it a go.

“They’re playing good football. I’m really impressed with Arsenal at the moment if I have to be honest,” the former Juventus player added.

“I think Arteta has done a great job and I can only see them doing well in the future.”

Traore was born in France in 1989 and he represented France at under-19 and under-21 levels.

However, he has since opted to represent his parents’ native country, Senegal, at senior level and he has played five times for the Lions of Teranga.

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