Charlie Nicholas tells Mikel Arteta to sell two Arsenal players to fund new Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract

Mikel Arteta has been urged to sell two Arsenal players
Mikel Arteta has been urged to sell two Arsenal players (Picture: Getty)

Charlie Nicholas says Arsenal should sell Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer to raise funds for a new contract for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners are struggling to convince Aubameyang to put pen to paper on a new long-term contract, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2021.

Gabon superstar Aubameyang has scored 61 goals in 97 matches for Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep hold of his talisman.

Gunners hero Nicholas is also keen for Aubameyang to extend his stay in north London and says selling Mustafi and Mkhitaryan could raise funds for the striker’s new contract.

Mustafi has endured a turbulent spell at the Emirates since signing from Valencia in 2016, with the German World Cup-winner often receiving criticism from Arsenal fans.

Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, soon fell out of favour following his move from Manchester United and was sent on loan to Roma at the start of the season.

Nicholas told Sporting Life: ‘Mikel Arteta wants five or six out and he wants that money to rebuild. If nothing more is in the pot, sell to rebuild.

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas
Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas (Picture: Getty)

‘If you are doing that as a financial package, you are not buying to replace Aubameyang.

‘You can get rid of Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been out on loan. This will all help to filter through, so there are easy things to do.

‘Give him what he wants, get rid of dead wood, you have the kids, and it would not cost £200m to challenge for the top four once more.’

The former Arsenal striker added: ‘My preference would be to offer Aubameyang what he wants.

‘Everyone will flag up his wages. I have been told differing scenarios, especially with Mesut Ozil.

‘Is it possible Ozil could move on? Could this then help fund wages for Aubameyang and others? If they get him off the wage bill without getting anything for him, it will not be too bad.

Nicholas believes Arsenal should offload Shkodran Mustafi
Nicholas believes Arsenal should offload Shkodran Mustafi (Picture: Getty)

‘There are differing ways of doing this, but more than anything, I would want Arsenal to renew Aubameyang’s contract for three or four years.

‘Even if Arsenal are average as of next year, they cannot decline much more, it has reached its bottom.’

Arsenal were ninth in the Premier League when the 2019/20 campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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