Arsenal have exciting twin targets lined up to replace Bellerin

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Arsenal have two targets in mind if Paris Saint-Germain make another move for Hector Bellerin this summer, claims a report.

Bellerin was a target for the French champions last summer. The Spaniard was the subject of a reported £25m bid from the Champions League finalists in September, who were then managed by current Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.

However, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta managed to convince him to stay at the Emirates for another season.

Nevertheless, that seemingly hasn’t deterred new manager Mauricio Pochettino from making a move for the right-back.

CBS Sports report that PSG are mulling over a bid for Bellerin in the summer. And should Bellerin fancy a new challenge then Arsenal will certainly need competition for Cedric Soares.

Mikel Arteta and Edu though have a couple of ready-made replacements in mind, as per the report.

Brighton full-back Tariq Lamptey is understood to be under consideration. The 20-year-old has starred for Brighton this season and his move from Chelsea in January 2020 has paid off.

The speedy defender though is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and has missed the last 12 games.

Norwich City’s Max Aarons is another name on Arsenal’s radar. The England Under-21 international was a target for both Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the summer as they assessed their options at right-back.

Now though Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United are all understood to be chasing the £35m-rated defender.

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Auba ‘past his best’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal February 2021 TEAMtalk

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “past his best” and has “lost his superpower”, according to Jamie Redknapp.

It has been a difficult season for Aubameyang after he signed a new contract with Arsenal in the summer.

The Gunners captain has not reached his usual levels, scoring eight goals from 21 Premier League appearances so far this campaign.

There were signs he was getting back to his best when he scored a hat-trick against Leeds last weekend. However, he drew a blank upon his next league appearance in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

The result left Arsenal lingering in midtable, with Aubameyang’s inconsistent form one of the reasons for their struggles to kick on from last season.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp thinks the striker is now past his prime and is even getting “bullied” by opponents.

“I look at Aubameyang… Aubameyang’s past his best,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.