Date: 9th December 2019 at 4:48pm
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National journalist Andy Brassell has called on to ‘take the money’ and run for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Daily Star reported recently that the 63-cap Gabon is attracting interest from Spanish giants 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 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.”

Has Brassell got a point, here?

This may be unpopular with 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 team.

However, at some point you need to move on, and this could be that golden period of time where can secure top dollar for a player who will soon be on the decline.