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Carragher suggests alternative Aubameyang approach; says he is ‘too good’ for Arsenal

Jamie Carragher says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “too good” for Arsenal, but believes they must try and keep him even if it means they risk losing him for free next summer.

With just over a year remaining on his contract, Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move away in recent months. Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Barcelona are all reportedly keen on  the forward.

Recent reports have offered conflicting perspectives on Aubameyang’s contractual situation; while one report claimed he had been offered a new deal, another said that concrete talks had yet to take place.

The striker, who turns 31 next month, is a string of players whose contracts run out next summer, including Bukayo Saka and Shkodran Mustafi.

Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi promised that, after a string of cut-price or free exits for players at the end of their deals, the trend would stop with Aubameyang.

However, The Sun claims that the Gunners chief could backtrack on that policy due to the financial ramifications of the global pandemic and they maybe prepared to keep hold of Aubameyang. Then gamble on trying to persuade him to sign a new deal next season, rather than lose him for a cut-price £20million this summer.

It’s a theory that Carragher thinks Arsenal should adopt.

“It’s interesting the Arsenal situation because towards the end of my career at Liverpool we were in this situation quite a lot where you are just missing out on the top four,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ The Football Show. “Yes, it’s okay having rules in place and Arsenal saying: ‘We never let a player go on a Bosman ruling’.




“However, if you are Mikel Arteta, I would be looking at it and thinking, even if he goes for nothing next year, have we got more chance of getting in the Champions League for next season if Aubameyang stays, and that’s the decision they’ve got to make.

“At this stage, there’s no doubt about it, Aubameyang is too good for Arsenal,” he added. “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.


Goalscorers like gold dust

“That’s the problem you have trying to get back into the top four and establishing yourselves again as Arsenal are trying to do. 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 goalscorers. 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.”

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