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Mikel Arteta urged to sell two Arsenal flops to stop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining Real Madrid or Barcelona

Arsenal have been told to sell Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in order to fund Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new contract.

The Gabon international will be able to leave the Emirates for nothing next summer when his deal runs out, with the Gunners struggling to convince him to stay.

With no Champions League football to offer once next season eventually starts and a title challenge looking exceedingly unlikely in the imminent future, the 30-year-old is mulling over attractive proposals from abroad.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may not be an arsenal player for much longer
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Real Madrid and Barcelona are reportedly keen on the former Borussia Dortmund striker, who moved to north London in January 2018.

Aubameyang has scored 61 goals in 97 matches for Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep hold of his talisman.

Gunners hero Charlie Nicholas is also keen for Aubameyang to extend his stay with the Premier League side and says selling Mustafi and Mkhitaryan could raise funds for the striker’s new contract.

Nicholas told Sporting Life: “Mikel Arteta wants five or six out and he wants that money to rebuild. If nothing more is in the pot, sell to rebuild.

Shkodran Mustafi has endured a tough time in an Arsenal shirt
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Mkhitaryan has excelled while on loan at Roma
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“If you are doing that as a financial package, you are not buying to replace Aubameyang.

“You can get rid of Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been out on loan. This will all help to filter through, so there are easy things to do.

“Give him what he wants, get rid of dead wood, you have the kids, and it would not cost £200m to challenge for the top four once more.”

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