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Keeping ‘top player’ Aubameyang crucial for Arsenal, says Toure

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal
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The former Arsenal defender feels Aubameyang has ‘matured’ as a leader and is now indispensable for the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been sensational for Arsenal ever since his club-record €63.75m switch from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

The 31-year-old has proven himself as an elite striker, scoring 68 goals in 108 appearances. On the downside, though, his strong form has captured interest.

Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain are just a few of several clubs that have been linked with Aubameyang.

The Gabonese is out of contract next year and has remained coy on his plans. So what will Arsenal do? One option could be to match his terms for a new contract. Or they could sell him this summer and recoup a fee while it’s still possible.

Aside from his scoring prowess, however, Aubameyang has excelled as captain since taking on the armband in November.

So, like manager Mikel Arteta, Kolo Toure is understandably keen for Arsenal to keep Aubameyang as his qualities as both a leader and player will be crucial for the London side.

“He’s a top player. I saw him grow. I can see that he’s matured now,” Toure told Stats Perform News.

“You can see as a captain he’s a leader, leading by example. He’s very focused. He’s working hard for the team.

“He’s a great captain and a great example. It’s really easy to talk but what are you showing us? Are you willing to fight for every ball? That’s what [Steven] Gerrard, [Patrick] Vieira, those great captains did.

“He’s an important one to keep.”