Former Arsenal star Kevin Campbell believes the Gunners could lose the services of both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at the conclusion of the ongoing campaign.
Aubameyang’s current deal with the north London side expires at the end of 2020/21 season and this has got the fans concerned about his possible departure in the next transfer window.
In comparison, Lacazette has more than two years remaining on his existing contract with the Gunners but Campbell feels the Frenchman could be offloaded as he does not suit the playing style of manager Mikel Arteta.
“I just don’t think Arsenal are in a position to keep [Aubameyang]. I can’t see us being able to offer him anything like we think we could,” he told AFTV.
“You know what, I think Aubameyang and Lacazette are going to go. I think both of them will go. I’m a straight talker and I say it as I see it.
“Aubameyang they can get something for, I think Lacazette, the way Arteta wants to play, doesn’t really fit the system. So I think there’s going to be a lot of change.”
Aubameyang has hugely contributed to the club’s goalscoring exploits in the Premier League in the past two years and in the current season, he has netted more than 40 percent (17 out of 40) of the club’s goals in the top-flight.
The 30-year-old has recently admitted that he is ‘really happy‘ at the capital outfit but there are still doubts regarding his future beyond the present campaign as he has yet to put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal.
Lacazette, on the other hand, has experienced a tough 2019/2020 season with the Gunners and he has bagged just nine goals across all competitions – with seven of those coming in the Premier League.
He was a regular starter under Arteta when the Spaniard took charge of the club in December but prior to the shutdown due to the COVID-19 threat, he was restricted to a bench role with Eddie Nketiah leading the line.
The Frenchman has made an impact off the bench with two goals and an assist in the past two league games but there are still questions as to why he can’t replicate the same level of performance from the starting lineup.
As things stand, Aubameyang seems likely to head through the exit door during the summer unless a contract extension is agreed. Lacazette, however, may stay put with the club as they can’t afford to lose both of their elite strikers in the same transfer window.