Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should aim higher than Chelsea, says Craig Burley

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal FC
Aubameyang could leave the Emirates this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley believes Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be aiming for a club challenging for titles, rather than joining Frank Lampard’s ‘project’ at Stamford Bridge.

With less than a year remaining on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, the Gabon international has been linked with a move to the Blues, and the Gunners are reportedly ready to listen to offers for their top scorer.

Aubameyang is approaching his 31st birthday, and without a major title to his name, Burley says immediate success should be his primary focus.

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He told ESPN FC: ‘The decision he’s got to make is what do I have in terms of options, Chelsea are a project at the moment, if he believes they are a project far enough down the line that are going to compete when everything gets up and running again, then fine.

‘At his age, he’s really going to be looking to get into somewhere where they’re going to be fighting for the title now, they’re going to be fighting for the Champions League now.

‘That’s where he is in his career, he’s good enough to be doing that, he’s shown that at Dortmund, he’s shown that at Arsenal, an inferior team, so he needs to make sure he is making the right decision.’

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard 
Aubameyang would be a reliable source of goals for Lampard’s side (Picture: Getty Images)

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United are also believed to be interested in Aubameyang, with the north London club valuing the striker at around £50million.

Burley added: ‘I believe if he gets an offer from clubs that are further down the line than Chelsea in terms of their progress, I think he will take that.

‘But if Chelsea can get him, they should go for him, and if Arsenal lose him that’s just another big body blow to Mikel Arteta.’

The Blues are also reportedly ‘very close’ to signing Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho in the next transfer window.

The Catalan club could be willing to let the Brazil international go to raise funds for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

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