Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright has acknowledged that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is worthy of winning titles, but nonetheless hopes that the captain of the Gunners will remain in North London.
Speaking to Sporf, Wright said: “It depends totally on whether Aubameyang has the patience to wait for this to kick in but if he didn’t, I’m not sure at his age what people could say, he’s somebody that deserves to be playing at a level where he’s able to win things.
“If I’m going to sit here and speak about Aubameyang at the stage of his career that he’s at, maybe wanting to win things, maybe one last chance and people are saying that Real Madrid is sniffing around him.
“He’s somebody with the way he’s scored goals in his career, he probably wants something to show for it… I know he’s won stuff in Germany.”
The Gabon International has recorded an incredible return of 61 goals in 97 games for Arsenal since his arrival, including 17 strikes in the 2019-20 Premier League season.
Nevertheless, Aubameyang has yet to pick up a piece of silverware from the Emirate, and Wright claims that the forward should not be blamed for finding new pastures:
“But if he did [leave]… if he was somebody that was tempted away, I’m not sure that people could really fault him at this stage because you look at Arsenal and the current plight, you have to say we’re going through a transitional period.
“Coming off of Arsene Wenger, coming off of Unai Emery and now getting the coach that I believe is going to take us to the promised land [Mikel Arteta].
“Depending on his ambition, his people around him and what they’re saying to him, how much he loves the club – and I know he loves the club immensely – you have to pray that’s going to be enough for him to stay.
Aubameyang’s current deal at Arsenal will last until the summer of 2021, and Paris Saint-Germain is said to have joined Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United and Madrid in the attacker’s chase.
Wright personally wants to see the player continue with Arsenal, “But I’m not going sit here and say anything other than I wish him all the best with what he does but I pray to God he stays at Arsenal.”