Arsenal legend Paul Merson tells Manchester United to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and become ‘major force’

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Gunners may have to sell their top scorer if he refuses to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes contract rebel Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is exactly the player Manchester United are ‘crying out for’ to take them to the next level.

The Gabon striker is the second highest scorer in the Premier League this season behind only Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and has been prolific for the Gunners ever since he joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

However, his contract expires next year and Arsenal fear they will have to sell Aubameyang this summer to avoid losing him for nothing.

That has prompted interest from numerous clubs, with Manchester United looking at the possibility of doing a bargain £35million deal – and Merson believes he would be perfect for the Red Devils.

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‘Aubameyang is what Manchester United are missing. He is a goal scorer and goal scorers are priceless,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

‘If you look at United and the way they played against Manchester City a couple of weeks ago, I thought they were very, very good. You looked at them and thought they have got a chance, especially if they could also get hold of a couple more players, especially a creative midfielder.

‘You couldn’t help but be impressed with their performance and if they were to sign Aubameyang and they also got someone like a Jack Grealish, are they big players? They would be a major force, in my opinion.

‘They are crying out for someone who is going to score them 20 to 25 goals, and that’s what Aubameyang can bring.

‘He gets you 25 goals without even breaking sweat. Add a Grealish if they can get him and then you’ve got Bruno Fernandes as well playing in behind a striker, Manchester United will be a major force.’

On comparisons with Robin van Persie’s move from Arsenal to United, Merson continued: ‘The Arsenal fans won’t want to see another top striker depart for Old Trafford, that’s for sure, but the Robin van Persie situation was a bit different.

Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and Arsene Wenger
Merson does not feel losing Aubameyang is quite as bad as Van Persie’s exit (Picture: Getty)

‘At that time, it was Arsenal vs Manchester United, they were both the big teams in England and for Arsenal, it was like selling United the trophy.

‘This is a bit different because you’ve got to look at where Arsenal are at the moment. They are ninth and if Aubameyang leaves, are they going to finish lower than ninth next season? No way.

‘For me, there’s a lot of weighing up that needs to be done. I know the natural reaction is to think Arsenal won’t be able to replace him and his goals and they must do all they can to keep him, even if it is giving him £300,000-a-week, but you can’t just look at next season. You’ve got to look at the all-round picture.

‘I’m not saying Aubameyang is not a top-drawer player, he is, but if you are Arsenal and you keep him, are you going to win the Premier League? No.’

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