Joe Cole has advocated a strong case for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal.
Ex-England midfielder Cole 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 needs to be playing in the Champions League.
‘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. ‘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.’
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, Man United, Man City. ‘Man United seem to be coming back, it’s a long road for Arsenal.’