Arsenal can’t afford to lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ian Wright

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 12 months to run on his deal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright admits he fears for the club should Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave this summer.

The Gabon international has 12 months to run on his existing deal at the Emirates and negotiations over an extension have proved unsuccessful.

Aubameyang was attracting interest from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester United before the pandemic hit and he was minded to leave the club this summer.

However, clubs may be unwilling to meet Arsenal’s £35million valuation of him now, leaving Aubameyang in a difficult position.

But Wright says the onus is on the club to keep Aubameyang as they’d be in big trouble without him.

Wright says it’s vital that Arsenal keep Aubameyang (Picture: DAZN)

‘I think from the time Mike’s come in in the middle of the season like he did he’s done fantastically up to this point,’ Wright told DAZN.

‘Arsenal are further from the European spots than you’d like but I think at the moment it’s a massive work in progress.

‘There’s not a lot of money so it will come down to his coaching acumen and what he can do. Once he signs certain players, once [William] Saliba comes across, I think we can judge Arsenal and we’re they’re going.

‘People like Aubameyang we need that sorted out. Saka, sort that out. Luiz? Is he staying?

‘What needs to happen he needed to get to a situation where they’re solid at the back and the midfield start operating because they’re not doing anywhere near as much as they should be doing and if there wasn’t an Aubameyang, I don’t know where Arsenal would be without him at the minute’.

One thing that could help change Aubameyang’s mind is a strong end to the season in which Arsenal finish in the top four.

The club are currently five points away from the Champions League qualifying spots and they take on Manchester City on Wednesday at the Etihad in their first game back since the league was suspended.

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