Joe Cole has urged Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal in the summer, claiming that he ‘needs’ to play in the UEFA Champions League
Aubameyang has established himself as one of the most prolific goalscorers in the Premier League since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
The 30-year-old has managed 61 goals in 96 appearances for the Gunners so far and has been probably the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for the London outfit.
Unfortunately for the Gabon international, he mistimed his arrival at the Emirates, joining a squad that requires much improvement to return to the top of England and Europe.
Aubameyang has yet to feature in the Champions League with Arsenal, which seems unlikely to change anytime soon, as Mikel Arteta’s men currently trail fourth-placed Chelsea by eight points.
Although an eight-point gap looks reducible, nothing Arsenal have done this season suggests they are able to perform a late miracle and break into the top-four in the final 11 league fixtures.
"We've seen it with this Arsenal team for 10 years…a group of players that let you down." 😟— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 29, 2020
"If I'm Aubameyang, I'm looking out the door. He needs to be in the Champions League."
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A shock UEFA Europa League elimination to Olympiacos on Thursday has further reduced an already small chance for the Gunners to return to the Champions League after a three-year absence.
Speaking on BT Sport, Joe Cole has urged Aubameyang to switch away from Arsenal at the end of the season to prove himself as a top player in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
“If I’m Aubameyang, I’d be looking out the door because he’s a player that needs to be playing at the very, very top level. He needs to be playing in the Champions League,” the former Chelsea midfielder said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“He’s not played enough years in the Champions League to cement himself as a top, top player, which is what he actually is because his stats and his numbers add up with anyone.”
Barcelona and Real Madrid have both expressed their appreciation for Aubameyang, although the Catalans took some concrete steps trying to lure the pacey forward to La Liga last month, without any success, nonetheless.