Arsenal have been warned to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract extension over the line at whatever the cost by former striker Charlie Nicholas.
Aubameyang is out of contract next summer and it has been reported the Gunners may look to cash in on their captain at the end of the season.
A host of Europe’s top clubs have been linked with making a move for the Gabon international.
Barcelona have been monitoring the 30-year-old for the past year while Manchester United are also keen on the forward.
However, Nicholas thinks there are only three clubs in the world in which Arsenal should even consider doing business with.
But preferably the former striker wants Aubameyang to stay at the Emirates, even if it means breaking the bank.
“Wholeheartedly as Arsenal man, I would give him the contract that he desires,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“You put it on for three or four years – if he wants to stay that is.
“You give him what he wants because in a year’s time you can sell him and you get your value for money back, if that’s the case that he wants to leave.
“I just don’t see the point of running down contracts.
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“If Barcelona or Real Madrid come in I’ll say ‘I’m not surprised he would want to go there, it doesn’t surprise me’.
“If there is anything else in England I am not so sure. I don’t expect Liverpool or Manchester City to go for him and try to get him.
“It would probably be a European team that he would go.
“At his age, and if you can get good money for him, no problem, I don’t have a concern for that.
“I think we have got people who can come in and softly improve it. We will miss his goals but I can accept if Aubameyang wants to go to Barcelona, Real Madrid or even Juventus.
“I don’t see the need that he wants to go. He is Arsenal’s superstar and I think that he enjoys that.”
Aubameyang was the joint top scorer in the Premier League last season and is just two behind Jamie Vardy’s 19 goals this year.
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