Alan Smith: ‘Gabriel Martinelli not ready to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’

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Former Arsenal forward Alan Smith anticipates the club to sign a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must he leave, instead of utilizing Gabriel Martinelli.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has actually anticipated that the club will go into the transfer market to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the skipper leaves this summer.

Aubameyang’ s future has actually come under examination in current weeks as he approaches the final 12 months of his contract, with talks over an extension stalling and Arsenal idea to be thinking about capitalizing their leading scorer.

The Gunners do have young skills such as Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah waiting in the wings must Aubameyang leave, in addition to Alexandre Lacazette, however Smith thinks that they will still need to generate a replacement for the Gabon international.

“It’s asking a lot of Nketiah or Martinelli, as talented as they both are, to step into the shoes of a tried-and-tested goalscorer like Aubameyang, who has been playing at the top level for a lot of years,” he informed Sky Sports News.

” If Aubameyang did leave I make sure they would be looking to bring some experience in however they are limited by their financial resources. They have actually likewise got Alexandre Lacazette however his goal output has actually trailed off this season compared to his first at the club, so that would be an issue.

“But there’s no question they’ve got talent inside the club. I’m a big fan of Martinelli in particular. I think he’s got a great attitude and a wonderful eye for goal as we’ve seen on a number of occasions already. There’s definitely a lot to come from him but you have to be careful you don’t put too much responsibility on young shoulders. They need to be nurtured.”

Arsenal have actually been linked with the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Moussa Dembele and Jonathan David this summer.

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