Ahead of the summer transfer window, former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn says he hopes striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will stay with the Gunners, but he also urges the club to make a decision on his future early enough.
The Gabon striker has less than 18 months remaining on his current deal with the club, and in the January window, he kept being linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.
"I hope [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang will be an Arsenal player next season but they have a decision to make," he said, speaking to GentingBet (18+ BeGambleAware).
"If the indication is that he’s not going to sign, they may have to take the opportunity and say 'right, we’re going to take £40 million or whatever'.
"I don’t think they’re going to get £70 million or £80 million that they’re talking about with a year left for a player that’s coming to 31 years of age.
"For me, it’s more important whether the player wants to stay, who comes calling in the summer, and do Arsenal take the risk or can they convince him to sign a new contract? At the moment, it’s so difficult to call."
The 31-year-old is Arsenal's top scorer this season with 17 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions.