Arsenal will be taking a huge risk if they do not tie down star striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to a new deal with the club.
The Gabon international has been in fine form for the Gunners this term. His 17 Premier League goals put him joint-top with Jamie Vardy in terms of goals scored this term.
However, reports from the Sunday Express claim that Barcelona will move for Aubameyang this summer, with Arsenal yet to tie down their striker to a new deal.
It is claimed financial constraints within the club may prevent a new deal being offered.
But surely it’s in the Gunners’ best interests to keep one of their best players and allow Mikel Arteta the best possible chance of building success?
Cost of replacements will be huge
The problem with letting Aubameyang go comes in the form of who will his replacement be?
In today’s market, signing a top striker costs big-money. If Arsenal are saying they are having to tighten the purse strings, then where will they find the money to replace their man?
The best strikers will cost vast amounts. Indeed, Timo Werner – who has 21 in 23 for Leipzig this term – has a reported £50m release-clause in his deal.
Even though Werner is unproven anywhere else but the Bundesliga, that price highlights the sums the Gunners are going to have to shell out if they want to replace Aubameyang.
In an Arsenal squad that has been slammed as being too soft at times by many a pundit, Aubameyang is one of the players within the club who seems to be a serial winner.
His goals record speaks for itself but he’s also been given the armband under Mikel Arteta too, highlighting his influence on the team around him.
It would be a travesty, then, if the club allows the Gabon star to simply walk away. Obviously, the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan are huge draws for ‘Auba’.
But Arsenal needs to lay down a marker at some point. Offering Aubameyang a new deal and getting him to sign it, might well be that marker.