Thierry Henry has told Sky Sports’ The Football Show that Arsenal will seriously miss Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goals if the player does leave – and is hopeful that the Gunners skipper remains at The Emirates.
Aubameyang, 30, has been in top form for Arsenal once again this season – scoring 20 goals in 32 games despite Arsenal’s struggles. However, doubts over his future continue to emerge with his contract due to expire at the end of next season.
Barcelona continue to be linked, while 90Min claim Liverpool are interested in signing the Gabonese ace – who worked under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund. The Sun claim Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen.
Arsenal icon Henry, who is currently manager of MLS side Montreal Impact, has stated that Arsenal will miss Aubameyang but claims he would understand if the striker left – given that Henry left Arsenal to join Barcelona.
“Everybody will do what they have to do,” Henry said. “How can I tell him to stay when I left? As an Arsenal fan I want him to stay, but as a football player, he will have a conversation with his family and see what is best. The guy has a career.
TBR’s view – Can Arsenal keep Aubameyang?
The global health crisis has struck at the worst possible time in Arsenal’s desire to keep their captain. It will not only be money that Aubameyang wants at Arsenal, but it will also be Champions League football – something the Gunners cannot offer.
If Arsenal manage to slash the likes of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s wages, they will save more than £500,000 a week on the wage bill. Surely that could help give Aubameyang the cash incentive to remain.
But the lack of European competition may see Aubameyang leave.