Unai Emery has been urged to offload three Arsenal players (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has advised Unai Emery to offload three Arsenal players and sign Adrien Rabiot from PSG this summer.
The Gunners look set to miss out on a Premier League top-four finish this season but can still qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.
Emery’s side secured a 3-1 victory in the first leg of their semi-final clash with Valencia on Thursday and will be confident of progressing to the final.
Nicholas says Emery is doing a ‘remarkable’ job at the Emirates but must oversee a major overhaul this summer to ensure the Gunners remain competitive.
And the Arsenal hero thinks Henrik Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi and Denis Suarez should all be offloaded, while French World Cup winner Rabiot would be an ideal signing.
‘We need a box-to-box style midfield player and a player that can pick a pass too, so it is a matter of bringing in the right ones,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.
‘I think you need to know your system, fit them in and see where it takes you. Adrien Rabiot will be a free-agent and been linked with different clubs, but I would take him.
‘He has the quality and is of decent level, which Arsenal need.
PSG star Adrien Rabiot would be an ideal signing, says Charlie Nicholas (Picture: Getty)‘In attack, I like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette but will they win you the Premier League? I think they could.
‘Between them, bearing in mind they haven’t actually played much together, their goal return has been a very good return.
‘Arsenal have been relying on one striker for too long and now they have two so it does give me hope.
‘I would sell Henrik Mkhitaryan and if I got the right money for Alex Iwobi I would sell him too. Denis Suarez has gone, that was a waste of time.’
Arsenal signed Suarez on loan in January with a view to making his move permanent in the summer.
But the Barcelona midfielder has failed to impress Emery and is yet to start a game for the Gunners.
Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at the Emirates last summer and Nicholas says the Spaniard is doing a ‘remarkable’ job.
He added: ‘It looks like the board have asked Unai Emery to survive to this summer and see whether we can win Europa League or get the top four.
‘Emery has done a remarkable job with a bottom-six Premier League defence. He has made mistakes, but who wouldn’t make mistakes with this defence?’