Published: Thu, June 04, 2020
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Carragher: Here is why Arsenal should keep Aubameyang

Carragher: Here is why Arsenal should keep Aubameyang

Voetbal International go on to add that Arteta believes that Kokcu would be the type of player that could fit into his philosophy for the north London outfit.

They certainly want to avoid losing him for free next summer, and Arteta is understood to be eager to keep the player, who turns 31 this month and who has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances for Arsenal since his move from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

With Aubameyang turning 31 midway through June, it could be that the fearsome forward will look for one last adventure at a top side before hanging up his boots, leaving Arsenal with a hard decision to make come the end of the 2019-20 season. Liverpool finished the 2012-13 season in seventh and that summer rejected a bid from Arsenal for Suarez. "We had that, at times, at Liverpool with maybe Luis Suarez and certain players that you have in your squad. 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".

That is the view from the Daily Telegraph, who claim that Gunners chief Arteta is not willing to leave Aubameyang's future in the hands of Arsenal's head of football, Raul Sanllehi, and technical director Edu.

'You want to keep hold of them because you want to build around them and if he goes then you're starting again. That will be a decision for them. It's not easy to find goalscorers. Aubameyang wants to play in the Champions League but Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League and face a stiff task to finish inside the top four and ensure automatic Champions League qualification - something Chelsea should be able to offer next season as they now sit in the top four, three points ahead of Manchester United in fifth.

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