Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move from Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and says selling the striker to anyone – not least Manchester United – would be ‘madness’.
Gabon international Aubameyang has scored 41 goals in 65 league games for the Gunners since signing from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
The 30-year-old was one of Arsenal’s star players last season, helping the club reach the Europa League final and challenge for a top-four spot in the Premier League.
Despite emerging as a key player under Unai Emery, Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a departure from the Emirates during the summer transfer window.
Multiple clubs in China are reportedly interested in securing his signature, while Manchester United have also been linked with a shock move for the forward.
Asked about United’s apparent interest in Aubameyang, Parlour told talkSPORT: ‘It would be madness to let him [Aubameyang] go, but players have got all the power these days.
‘Aubameyang and Lacazette were absolutely brilliant last season. It looks like they’ve got a really good relationship up front, you can see how they celebrate goals.
‘I’d be amazed by that [if he signed for United], I really would. That would shock me.
The forward enjoyed a fine season for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)‘That wouldn’t be good from an Arsenal supporters’ point of view – we all remember when Robin van Persie left to United and they ended up winning the league the following season.
‘When I go to pre-season, I’m really hoping Aubameyang is on that plane.
‘Goalscorers are so important. Good ones are hard to find and he’s really proven he is a top class goalscorer.
‘You want to be adding to your squad, not trying to get rid of a few players!’