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Wright: Aubameyang or Lacazette exits would be ‘disastrous’

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright fears that selling either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette will have “disastrous” consequences for the club.

Following impressive campaigns for Arsenal, speculation has grown linking Aubameyang and Lacazette with summer exits.

Aubameyang, in particular, has been a main talking point in the past few weeks amid reported interest from Manchester United. Apparently, the Red Devils are considering making a £70m bid for the Gabonese striker should Romelu Lukaku leave this summer.

Lacazette, on the other hand, has allegedly captured Barcelona and Atletico Madrid’s interest. Although a move to either club appears remote now after Atletico completed their €126m signing of Joao Felix, while the Blaugrana are currently torn between Neymar and Antoine Griezmann.

And Wright certainly hopes that’s the case for Aubameyang as well.

“Hopefully that doesn’t happen [Aubameyang or Lacazette leaving] because that would be disastrous,” the ex-Gunners striker told South China Morning Post.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha could be on the verge of joining Arsenal this summer. Although it remains unclear whether the London club will be able to match his £100m price tag given their limited resources.

While endorsing Arsenal’s attempts on Zaha, though, Wright feels defensive reinforcements should be a priority.

“We’re trying to get Wilfried Zaha, which would be magnificent,” said the 55-year-old.

“You want competition for places.

“Defensively, I think everyone can agree, we need some strength in there.

“You can always strengthen in the midfield. Aaron Ramsey’s gone. We need that midfielder who is going to join the front guys and try to contribute with goals.

“Goals are a premium so you always want to be linked with a striker that might be able to come and help.”

Wright is Arsenal’s second-highest record scorer on 185 goals in 288 games after playing in north London between 1991 to 1998. He won five trophies with the Gunners, which included a Premier League title and European Cup Winners Cup.

12 Oct 1996: Ian Wright slots in Arsenal’s first goal during the FA Carling Premier league match between Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal at Ewood Park in Blackburn. Arsenal went onto win the game by 0-2. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport