Arsenal’s Aubameyang told to leave for Champions League football this summer

Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is too good to miss playing in the Champions League for another season and should leave this summer.

That is the verdict from former Chelsea star Joe Cole, who was speaking as a pundit on BT Sport.

The Gunners were sent crashing out of the Europa League in the first knockout stage when Olympiakos stunned them at the Emirates.

Aubameyang scored the opener before the Greek side equalised, only to net the winner in extra-time.

The Gabon international had a fantastic chance to score the goal to take Arsenal to the next round but missed the target in the dying seconds.

And the north London outfit do not look likely to catch fourth-placed Chelsea.

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Mikel Arteta's men sit 10th in the Premier League behind the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham .

And Cole reckons Aubameyang, the club's top goalscorer this season, should think about leaving in the summer.

The ex-England midfielder told BT Sport: “If I’m Aubameyang, I’d be looking out the door because he’s a player that needs to be playing at the very, very top level.

“He’s not played enough years in the Champions League to cement himself as a top, top player, which is what he actually is because his stats and his numbers add up with anyone.

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“I think the process Arsenal have got to go through, they’ve got to go back to the days when they’re bringing players through, which they are, Saka, the left-back, I think is different class.

“But also they need to find these gems that they were finding 20 years ago.

“Arsenal will always be able to bring players in because of the name, because it’s in London and the stature of the club, players will want to play for Arsenal."

The Gunners have a number of tough fixtures to come in their remaining 11 games of the Premier League season.

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They must face Liverpool , Manchester City , Spurs, Leicester and Wolves and Cole believes it might be a bridge too far for them.

He added: "Traditionally they play good football, but again I think it’s a long road for them.

"I think they’re miles behind Chelsea and Tottenham, United, City. It’s a long road for Arsenal."

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