National journalist Andy Brassell has called on Arsenal to ‘take the money’ and run for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Daily Star reported recently that the 63-cap Gabon international is attracting interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, and Brassell feels now is the time to move him on.
“If I was in Arsenal’s position I would absolutely take the money for Aubameyang because, I think, at the moment Arsenal have got a very ill-fitting, unbalanced squad,” he told talkSPORT.
“This is really getting into the time… this is their last chance to sell him. You’re looking at a 30-year-old player who relies pretty heavily on his pace.
“If someone offers £70-80million, surely that’s a deal you have to take.”
“If I was in ArsenaI would take the money for Aubameyang.” ?
“This is getting into their last chance to sell him.” ?
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— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 9, 2019
Has Brassell got a point, here?
This may be unpopular with Arsenal fans, but Brassell might just be spot on, here. Aubameyang is 30 years of age and, as Brassell says, has a game that relies on his lightning pace. Without that he’s simply not the same player. Unfortunately as he heads deeper into his thirties, that pace will only diminish.
So if somebody is going to offer the Gunners £70million or £80million to take him off their hands at this stage of his career, they would be mad to turn it down. That’s money that could be used to sign a world class centre back or defensive midfielder – or both!
Aubameyang is still performing very well, admittedly. He has scored 12 times in 18 games this season [Source: WhoScored.com], and is undoubtedly one of the better players in a woeful Arsenal team.
However, at some point you need to move on, and this could be that golden period of time where the Gunners can secure top dollar for a player who will soon be on the decline.