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Opinion: Why Arsenal would be making big mistake by selling Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang

Reports have emerged claiming Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

According to The Telegraph, there are ‘murmurings’ the Gunners are willing to listen to offers for their captain.

The Gabon international signed a new long-term deal last September, worth a reported £350k-per-week.

Aubameyang endured a frustrating campaign last season, scoring just 15 times across all competitions.

However, it proved a dismal term for Arsenal as they finished in eighth place and failed to qualify for European football.

Despite all the chaos of last season, letting the best finisher leave would be madness from the club.

Aubameyang possesses the one quality which is desperately missing from the current squad. The striker’s potency in front of goal is the reason Arsenal gave him such a big contract.

The Gabonese international has scored 85 goals and registered 19 assists in just 148 games for the north London giants.

Think back to the early 2010s when Arsenal were relying on the likes of Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman was a great player in his own right, however, his finishing was inconsistent.

His performances during the 2015/2016 season must still be giving some of you nightmares. The Chelsea man went over three months without scoring as Arsenal missed out on the Premier League title to Leicester City.

Giroud’s poor form, just so happened to coincide with Mesut Ozil’s lack of assists. That despite the German registering 16 before the second half of the season.

Should the club have a ready-made replacement on hand to replace the 31-year-old, a transfer would make more sense. But, the current transfer market means the likes of Erling Haaland, a world-class finisher, would cost in excess of £100m.

Selling Aubameyang, the club’s best finisher, would set Mikel Arteta’s side back a few years in their bid to rebuild.

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