Charlie Nicholas does not fancy Arsenal signing Odsonne Edouard
Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas believes Odsonne Edouard could struggle to adapt to the style of play in the Premier League and may not suit the Gunners. The north London side are currently assessing the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang whose contract expires next summer and reports claim that he could head through the exit door.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Nicholas said that Edouard may not make an instant impact with a move to the Premier League and he is not convinced the Gunners will seek to look to land his signature, he told: “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. He has to go to a side that plays him. He can play with a partner and he can play on his own, but he must play in a team that’s going to give him a lot of service. If he plays in a side that sometimes gets 40 percent of possession, he will find it really tough to adapt.”
Aubameyang has netted 20 times during the current campaign and he has been the standout forward for the Gunners, considering Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette have scored a combined 20 goals. As a result, he remains a key player in the Gunners ranks but the club may have no choice but to sell him, suppose he declines to renew his contract beyond next season.
The Gunners can of course keep him beyond the next transfer window with the hope of convincing him but the failure to do so could see him leave on the cheap in January or on a free next summer. Apart from Aubameyang, Lacazette has also been linked with a possible departure, having been in-and-out of the starting XI since Mikel Arteta took charge as the club’s manager.