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Former England and Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has called on Arsenal to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani.
With only 12 months remaining on his deal and no extension yet agreed, Aubameyang is linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer.
Aubameyang is Arsenal’s top scorer this season with 20 goals and has found the back of the net an impressive 61 times in just 97 matches since joining in 2018.
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He was also handed the captaincy last year after Granit Xhaka was reprimanded for an angry altercation with fans.
Gunners chiefs still hope the 30-year-old will extend his contract, but manager Mikel Arteta would likely rather sell him this summer than have him leave next year for free.
And Bent believes Arsenal have six weeks to make Aubameyang extend his contract otherwise they must sell him.
“I’d probably take the next six weeks and try and convince Aubameyang to stay,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“But if towards the end of that six weeks you can’t convince him then you’ve got to try and get as much money as you can [for him].
“Arsenal fans will be sick of seeing their star – and captain – leave again for nothing.
“I’d look to maybe replace him with somebody who will be Arsenal’s centre-forward for the next five years.
“But if that person isn’t out there then I’d look at someone like Cavani, who is coming out of contract now at PSG.
“Even if you get him in for a season as a stopgap because you’ve got young strikers there like Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah who look like they can be top players.
“As an Arsenal fan, if Aubameyang left of course I’d be upset but I’d rather see him go now so we get something for him and can replace him than see him walk away for nothing in 12 months,” Bent said.
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