Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has admitted that the Gunners will miss Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goals if the exit-linked striker leaves The Emirates.
Gabon international Aubameyang, who moved to Arsenal in January 2018, has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances for the club, including 17 in the Premier League this season before the action was brought to a halt.
However, with just over a year remaining on his contract, the 30-year-old is at a crossroads given that a bumper new deal – likely his last – will also likely see Arsenal pass up the opportunity to recoup sizeable funds from his sale.
“Everybody will do what they have to do. How am I going to tell someone to stay when I left?” Henry said.
“As an Arsenal fan, you want him to stay, but as a football player, he will assess the situation with his family, with his dad who I know also and will see what’s the best for them.
“If you’re an Arsenal man, you don’t want him to leave but also the guy has a career. I don’t know what’s in his head and where he wants to go, but all I know is that we are definitely going to miss his goals if he does leave.
“He does score goals and if you take the goals of Aubameyang away, it’s a tough one. I respect the decisions of people, I respect what they have to go through and what dream or desire they have but any Arsenal fan would be crazy to say he should leave.
“We don’t want him to leave but on the other side, you have to understand that the guy may need to see something else.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insisted in March that he would be sitting down with Aubameyang in the coming weeks, but one report has suggested that contract talks have since been shelved.
As for the Gunners’ plans when the transfer window reopens, the global pandemic – which will affect clubs across the world – has forced Arsenal to consider “two or three different scenarios“.