John Barnes expects Arsenal to pursue Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard should Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave this summer.
Arsenal may need to search for a new striker this summer as doubts over Aubameyang’s future linger. The captain’s prolific form hasn’t gone unnoticed. And with just a year left on his contract, nothing can be ruled out.
Edouard is understood to be of interest to the Gunners following a prolific campaign for Celtic.
Although Hoops boss Neil Lennon recently announced the 22-year-old is negotiating a new contract, pouring cold water on the Arsenal rumours altogether.
But former Celtic manager Barnes reckons the Gunners will try their luck out anyway should Aubameyang leave.
“Do Celtic fans really believe that their best player isn’t available for the right price? No, they don’t,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.
“This is a fact of life, and of modern football.
“Odsonne Edouard is the top striker in Scotland and if Aubameyang was to leave Arsenal, then they will be looking at Edouard’s situation.
“However, if Aubameyang stays, then I don’t see him coming.
“I think if you look at any of the top players in Scotland that they could come down to England and be a success. He’s doing very well at the moment and could make the step up to the Premier League if he gets a move that’s right for him and works for how he plays.
“As a club, you must be keeping tabs on other players and potential replacements because you just don’t know what is going to happen. You must always be ready for the possibility of a player leaving, so that you’re not caught with your pants down.
“Even if a player is happy and everything is going well at a club, the club has got to be ahead of the game in case the worst happens, and they’ve got to find a replacement.
“This is the case with Aubameyang, nothing is certain in football so it’s important you prepare.”