Published On: Sat, Mar 21st, 2020

Arsenal urged to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Burnley ace Chris Wood | Football | Sport

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal future is up in the air as he is out of contract next year. The Gunners could cash in on their top goalscorer this summer and they have been tipped to replace him with Burnley ace Chris Wood.

Aubameyang has scored 20 goals in 32 appearances this season but Arsenal are still ninth in the table and look set to miss out on European football.

That would be a big blow to their hopes of convincing the Gabon international to pen an extension at the Emirates.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been linked with making a move for Aubameyang.

And football analyst Matt Scott thinks Mikel Arteta should consider signing Burnley’s £15million hitman Wood, who has netted 11 goals across all competitions this campaign, as he could be the new Olivier Giroud.

“If Arsenal do lose Aubameyang or Lacazette, then Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli, great as they look, are still too raw at the age they are to be leading the line for a club like Arsenal,” Scott told talkSPORT.

“So they are going to have to look at another centre forward and, believe it or not, I believe it should be Chris Wood!

“People are not going to like it, but I’ll tell you why I think so.

“It’s my view that Arsenal are missing Olivier Giroud. He always gave them another way of playing. In his prime he was very, very good for Arsenal and since he’s come back into the Chelsea team this season he’s been terrific.

“Giroud’s minutes-per-goal ratio in his last few seasons at Arsenal was unbelievably good, he’s a real finisher and I think you’ve got one in Chris Wood at Burnley as well.

“The first thing you have to say about Arsenal generally is they are absolutely the worst team in the air in the whole Premier League. It’s astonishing how bad they are.

“Shkodran Mustafi apart, they are all absolute flowers when the ball is fizzed in.

“It’s fair to say Nketiah has showed a bit of early promise in heading the ball, but he’s only 5ft 9in so you can’t really expect him to be the target man I think Arsenal need to add that other option.

“Wood is an absolute identikit to Giroud, in football terms. He’s not necessarily the quickest, but I think he’s quicker than Giroud.

“He’s got a chance conversion rate of 1 in every 4.8 [chances], and when you compare that to 1 in every 6.5 for Lacazette, he’s a finisher.

“And that, of course, is also him playing for Burnley and not with the creative players there are in the Arsenal team.

“I think you can’t scoff at what a good goalscorer Chris Wood is.”

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