Pundit warns of damage if Arsenal press on with reported striker deal

Date published: Wednesday 8th April 2020 10:03 - Jonny Whitfield

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Signing Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard “would not be the answer” for Arsenal as they aim to clear up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future, according to one pundit.

Aubameyang has just over one year left on his deal at The Emirates and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has previously acknowledged the need to discuss the situation with the Gabon international.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid and Barcelona have both been linked with a move for the 30-year-old, who scored 17 Premier League goals before the season was brought to a halt.

As such, reports have indicated that Arsenal are keen on a move for Edouard, who has been one of Celtic’s key players since his move from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.

Speaking to Sky Sports, however, Charlie Nicholas explained that Arsenal could face a dilemma if the deal goes through, given that Edouard and Alexandre Lacazette have similar styles and the former has a lack of Premier League experience.

“There’s been a lot of talk of Aubameyang being sold, but Edouard would not be the answer,” Nicholas said.

“He plays differently, more like Lacazette. Aubameyang is about pace and movement. Although he likes to play the No.9 role, he does not play it as what Edouard could.

“Similarly, Edouard could not play in the position that Aubameyang does, out wide on the left.

“He wants to be the key figurehead of the team as the link man through the middle. For that reason, I do not see Arsenal targeting him as a replacement for Aubameyang.

“Edouard is too similar to Lacazette, and if he was to move, it paints a different picture. Edouard would then fit into the Arsenal team as the No.9.

“You would still need to give him time as he’s not been playing every week against Premier League quality.”

Having scored 22 goals and assisted eight others in his first season for Celtic, France Under-21 international Edouard has stepped it up this term with 27 goals and 19 assists in 45 outings.

As for clubs’ dealings in the transfer market, FIFA announced that the upcoming window would be slotted in between the end of this campaign and the start of next season.

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