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Paul Merson: Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the kind of striker Man Utd are missing.

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates, with his contract set to expire in June 2021.

Aubameyang's contract is set to expire in June 2021. [Getty]
Aubameyang's contract is set to expire in June 2021. [Getty]

Manchester United will become "a major force" if they can secure the services of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Paul Merson.

The 20-time champions have been linked with a surprise move for the Gunners forward recently with the 30-year-old's contract due to expire at the end of next season.

The Gabon striker has been impressive since he joined Arsenal from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, and scored a total of 17 goals in 26 Premier League appearances before the campaign was suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Speaking to Sky Sports, former England international Merson said he is convinced Aubameyang is the kind of striker 'United are missing'.

"Aubameyang is what Manchester United are missing. He is a goal scorer and goal scorers are priceless," Merson said as the Mirror quoted.

"If you look at United and the way they played against Manchester City a couple of weeks ago, I thought they were very, very good. You looked at them and thought they have got a chance, especially if they could also get hold of a couple more players, especially a creative midfielder."

The former Arsenal midfielder is also convinced Aston Villa's Jack Grealish is another player United should be looking to sign when the summer transfer window re-opens.

He continued: "You couldn't help but be impressed with their performance (vs City) and if they were to sign Aubameyang and they also got someone like a Jack Grealish, are they big players? They would be a major force, in my opinion.

"They are crying out for someone who is going to score them 20 to 25 goals, and that's what Aubameyang can bring. He gets you 25 goals without even breaking sweat. Add a Grealish if they can get him and then you've got Bruno Fernandes as well playing in behind a striker, Manchester United will be a major force."



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