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Arsenal title winner Merson: Sell Aubameyang and buy...

Arsenal title winner Paul Merson says they should sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month.

Merson thinks Aubameyang's time is up after being stripped of the captaincy by manager Mikel Arteta and that Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, who has been linked with a move to the Emirates, is the man they should turn to.

The 21-year-old has reportedly been subject to a £45million player-plus-cash bid from Arsenal, with technical director Edu keen to capitalise on their superb recent form and sole their long-term striker issue.

And Merson is in agreement, believing Vlahovic, scorer of 16 goals in 19 Serie A games this season, would transform Arteta's team into "title contenders."

"Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is finished at Arsenal. He won't be coming back from the Africa Cup of Nations," the ex-England forward wrote in his Daily Star column.

"They should be breaking the bank to get Dusan Vlahovic in from Fiorentina in the summer - because he would make them title contenders.

"I've heard he's not interested in Arsenal right now and I can understand that. But he might change his mind if they finish in the top four and offer him a lorryload of money.

"Arsenal would be able to play him every week because Aubameyang will be gone. Alexandre Lacazette will probably be gone. And so will Eddie Nketiah [both out of contract in June].

"They will need a goalscorer, and Vlahovic scores goals. He's also still young so he should get better and you't not wasting money paying a 29-year-old on the way down.

"I think there are good things happening at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta has got them playing well. But they need a proven striker next season.

"He's signed a keeper, defenders, full backs, midfielders and a No 10, promoted kids on the wings - a proper centre forward could be the missing piece.

"I'm not saying they'll win the league if they get Vlahovic. But they'll have a chance to make it a four-horse race at least."


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