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Edouard not a replacement for Aubameyang, says Arsenal legend

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas believes Odsonne Edouard is not a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyeng were he to join the Gunners. 

Aubameyang is set to enter the final year of his contract in June and has been linked with moves away from the Emirates. Meanwhile, Barcelona and Manchester United are reportedly interested in securing his services. 

Celtic striker Edouard has been linked with a move to the Emirates after his impressive performance in Scotland League. The 22-year-old had netted 28 goals across all competitions before the suspension of football across Scotland, taking his tally to 62 in his three-year stay with Celtic. Despite his display, Charlie believes the Frenchman would take time to adjust in the Premier and ought not to be viewed as Aubameyang's replacement were to sign for the Gunners. 

"Edouard is a very good technical player. There's been comparisons with Lyon striker Moussa Dembele. He's now been linked with Chelsea for £40m-50m and I look back at the balance of what Edouard has compared to Dembele," he said. 

"Dembele is a more aggressive character and is better in the air, whereas Edouard is a more laid-back individual. He's good with both feet and he's 6ft 1in so aerially he could be a threat. But he doesn't really play that way. He will score a few headers because his physicality is good, but he's more about the link-up play, getting the ball into his feet, turning defenders. He will run in behind on the shoulder of defenders."

"Of course, he could make it in the Premier League, but he would need to be playing in a team structure that has a lot of the ball. At Celtic, they have it 75-80 percent of the time. That's why he's become such a marketed product."

Suited to Arsenal?

"He could certainly play at Arsenal because of the way they play, his style would be more than suitable for it. The problem is getting the judgement right over whether he's ready right now, playing every week for Arsenal compared to who is there already. I'm a big fan of Alexandre Lacazette, and Edouard has got quite a bit of Lacazette in style within his game"

"He certainly would not come to England straightaway and score 20 to 25 goals in a season unless Arsenal find a renewed belief and they get the whole team right. It's got potential, absolutely, but I'm not convinced that they will go and buy him. The reason is that in Scotland, Celtic are gauging him as a £40m player."

"This will come down to what Edouard wants. If he wants to leave, then he will leave. Celtic will take the cash rather than have a player who is not committed to the cause because historically that's what they have done - with Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney."

Aubameyang's replacement? 

"There's been a lot of talk of Aubameyang being sold, but Edouard would not be the answer. He plays differently, more like Lacazette. Aubameyang is about pace and movement. Although he likes to play the No 9 role, he does not play it as what Edouard could. Similarly, Edouard could not play in the position that Aubameyang does, out wide on the left."

"Edouard is too similar to Lacazette, and if he was to move, it paints a different picture. Edouard would then fit into the Arsenal team as the No 9. You would still need to give him time as he's not been playing every week against Premier League quality."

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