Thierry Henry admits Arsenal would ‘definitely’ miss Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and his goals, as speculation continues to surround the future of the Gunners captain.
Aubameyang has established himself as one of the Premier League‘s leading forwards since arriving at the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund two years ago, winning the division’s Golden Boot last season and trailing only Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in his bid to retain the accolade this time around.
The Gabon international has been strongly linked with a move away from the club in recent months and will have just a year remaining on his contract this summer, with Arsenal reportedly unprepared to repeat previous mistakes in allowing the forward to run his contract down.
Barcelona has been mooted as a potential destination for the 30-year-old and Henry sympathises with Aubameyang’s desire to play Champions League football, but has warned his former side they will find it difficult to replace the forward’s goals if he is allowed to leave this summer.
“Everybody will do what they have to do. How am I going to tell someone to stay when I left?” Henry said on Sky Sports The Football Show.
“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.”