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‘If I was Aubameyang, I’ll surely be leaving Arsenal’

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should quit “average” Arsenal this summer, says club legend Emmanuel Petit.

Aubameyang became the most expensive signing in Arsenal’s history (at the time) when he completed a £56 million ($70m) move to Emirates Stadium from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

The 31-year-old has justified that transfer fee by scoring 61 goals in his first 99 appearances for the Gunners, while also earning a share of the Premier League’s Golden Boot last season.

For all of his goals, Aubameyang is yet to inspire Arsenal to silverware. The Gunners have not seen silverware since 2017 and the striker himself is yet to play Champions League football for the club.

The Gabon international’s contract at the Emirates is due to expire in 2021, and unless the Gunners tie him down to fresh terms in the coming weeks, they risk losing a key performer in the summer transfer window.

Such a departure would surely represent another major step backwards for Arsenal, but Petit says he would have no hesitation in walking away from the club if he was in the ex-Dortmund star’s shoes.

The Gunners legend told Paddy Power: “If I was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, I would leave Arsenal. There is some quality in this team but when you arrive at the club nowadays you want to do great things. But, come on guys, Arsenal is not the same any more.

“It’s becoming an average club. I feel so sorry for the fans and all the people who love the club. I feel sorry for the former players that try to uphold the Arsenal reputation.

“But I don’t feel sorry for the players – I think 75% of them at the club at the moment don’t deserve to wear that shirt. They should look at themselves in the mirror and show some pride.”

Mikel Arteta recently claimed the Gunners were positive of agreeing a new contract with Aubameyang. Although recent results and happenings in the club could give the forward further reason to reflect on things.