Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has claimed that the Gunners have at least three players at their disposal who could replace Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang if the Gabon international does end up leaving the Emirates stadium in the near future.

Arsenal came into this season having already lost two key players over contractual disputes in recent memory with Aaron Ramsey leaving the club as a free agent last summer, only a year after the exit of Alexis Sanchez, who also said goodbye after deciding not to renew his contract.

Most fans would have hoped for a better sense of commitment from the players at the club after witnessing Ramsey’s departure but it appears as though another key man, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, might find himself in a similar situation.

The striker, who moved to north London from Borussia Dortmund in the winter of 2018, is yet to extend his contract which is set to expire in just over a year.

That has created some serious uncertainty over the future of Arsenal’s leading scorer from the past two seasons, but Charlie Nicholas believes there are potential replacements for Aubameyang within the Gunners’ squad.

According to the Sky Sports pundit, the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette are all capable of filling the former Dortmund star’s void if he chooses to leave.

“Martinelli does have the potential to become an exceptional player,” Nicholas said on Sky Sports

“The signs with him are pretty similar. because he runs well with the ball and makes good runs off the ball too.

“He is young, but that does not matter as he’s already shown plenty this season. He got a bit lucky with the N’Golo Kante slip at Chelsea for his goal, but it is that type of thing that he will bring you. Look at how he finished that opportunity, you can see a cool, clinical and ruthless customer in front of goal.

“Jurgen Klopp was raving about him for a reason. The potential is there, but he is not at Aubameyang’s level yet. I am hopeful he will get there, but he cannot be relied on just yet. There’s also Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe, who hasn’t come good yet, so there is potential to replace from within, but it’s a risk.”

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