Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas sends Alexis Sanchez warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Manchester United transfer links

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has told Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to reject a prospective move to Manchester United.

Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 61 goals in 97 appearances for the Gunners.

The Gabon forward continues to be linked with a move away from the Emirates, however, with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2021.

Manchester United are believed to be monitoring Aubameyang’s situation ahead of a potential summer move but Nicholas cannot understand why the 30-year-old would want to move to Old Trafford.

And the Gunners hero believes Aubameyang should take note of how Alexis Sanchez’s career has spiralled since he left Arsenal to sign for United.

Asked whether Arsenal can risk another Robin van Persie situation with Aubameyang, Nicholas told Sporting Life: ‘It depends what people put down as a risk.

‘You give him to Man Utd. If he was to go there, does it help Arsenal? No.

‘If Aubameyang wants to go, you ideally want him out of the Premier League, that is the general aspect. If I was Aubameyang, he will be thinking about what happened to Alexis Sanchez.

‘Would he want to be a part of a superstar reload at Manchester United? Is there a great appeal to that? If it was Liverpool or Man City I would get that.

‘Man Utd are miles away from the top two, but they have the money and better idea of where they can see the progress coming from.

Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal to join Manchester United in 2018
Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal to join Manchester United in 2018 (Picture: Getty)

‘Arsenal have been in a mess and are only five points behind them with a game in hand. There is not a lot in this.’

The former Arsenal striker added: ‘I do not see the glamour and appeal of joining Man Utd.

‘Would he win the title with Man Utd in the next few years? I don’t think so. He might not even be in the Champions League if he was to join.

‘What is the real appeal? Is it salary? I don’t think he is that type. Van Persie jumped to a massive salary, but Man Utd are not the same calibre as what they were.

‘Would he be the cutting edge to them? Man Utd have other issues to address like Arsenal. If Arsenal were to get £100m for him to sign for Man Utd, I would take that.

‘It will make them better, that is why they would pay big. Arsenal were the challengers to United for the title, but now neither of them are.

‘If Manchester United offer £100m for Aubameyang, sell him.’

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