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Arsenal need to be doing all they can to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tied down on a new contract, says Alan Smith, with the Gunners told “others can be sacrificed” in a bid to free up funds.

“It was bad enough when the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie left to go and win trophies,” Smith told the Evening Standard.

“But at least Arsenal had the means back then to bring in decent replacements, even though they weren’t of the same quality.

“If there’s half a chance of persuading Aubameyang to stay, as [Mikel] Arteta hints, the club have got to grab it. Others can be sacrificed, others can be sold, but not this fella. The team is far too reliant on his nose for goal.”

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