Arsenal legend Paul Merson tells Manchester United to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and become ‘major force’

first_imgArsenal legend Paul Merson tells Manchester United to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and become ‘major force’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Mar 2020 5:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.1kShares Merson does not feel losing Aubameyang is quite as bad as Van Persie’s exit (Picture: Getty)‘At that time, it was Arsenal vs Manchester United, theywere both the big teams in England and for Arsenal, it was like selling Unitedthe trophy.‘This is a bit different because you’ve got to look at whereArsenal are at the moment. They are ninth and if Aubameyang leaves, are theygoing to finish lower than ninth next season? No way.‘For me, there’s a lot of weighing up that needs to be done.I know the natural reaction is to think Arsenal won’t be able to replace himand his goals and they must do all they can to keep him, even if it is givinghim £300,000-a-week, but you can’t just look at next season. You’ve got to lookat the all-round picture.‘I’m not saying Aubameyang is not a top-drawer player, heis, but if you are Arsenal and you keep him, are you going to win the PremierLeague? No.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Arsene Wenger poaches Arsenal’s long-serving analytics guru to join him in new role at FIFAMORE: Hector Bellerin backs himself to be Arsenal captain amid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exit fearsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentcenter_img FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirus is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.That has prompted interest from numerous clubs, with Manchester United looking at the possibility of doing a bargain £35million deal – and Merson believes he would be perfect for the Red Devils.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘Aubameyang is what Manchester United are missing. He is a goal scorer and goal scorers are priceless,’ Merson told Sky Sports.‘If you look at United and the way they played againstManchester City a couple of weeks ago, I thought they were very, very good. Youlooked at them and thought they have got a chance, especially if they couldalso get hold of a couple more players, especially a creative midfielder.‘You couldn’t help but be impressed with their performanceand if they were to sign Aubameyang and they also got someone like a JackGrealish, are they big players? They would be a major force, in my opinion.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘They are crying out for someone who is going to score them20 to 25 goals, and that’s what Aubameyang can bring.‘He gets you 25 goals without even breaking sweat. Add aGrealish if they can get him and then you’ve got Bruno Fernandes as wellplaying in behind a striker, Manchester United will be a major force.’On comparisons with Robin van Persie’s move from Arsenal toUnited, Merson continued: ‘The Arsenal fans won’t want to see another topstriker depart for Old Trafford, that’s for sure, but the Robin van Persiesituation was a bit different. The Gunners may have to sell their top scorer if he refuses to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes contractrebel Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is exactly the player Manchester United are ‘cryingout for’ to take them to the next level.The Gabon striker is the second highest scorer in the PremierLeague this season behind only Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and has beenprolific for the Gunners ever since he joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.However, his contract expires next year and Arsenal fearthey will have to sell Aubameyang this summer to avoid losing him for nothing. Advertisementlast_img read more