The former Arsenal striker believes those at Emirates Stadium should be breaking the bank to maintain a precious asset but takes a sale could be forced.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not likely to leave Arsenal for Manchester United, says Charlie Nicholas, with Alexis Sanchez’s struggles countering the success enjoyed by Robin van Persie when creating a similar move.

Back in 2012, a prolific Dutch striker took the decision to swap the red of north London for that from the northwest, whilst Chile global Sanchez made the identical career call in January 2018 as his contract with the Gunners ran down.

Aubameyang is currently in a similar boat, with no expansion agreed to terms set to run through to 2021.

It’s been suggested that the Gabonese could become the most recent Arsenal star to head for Old Trafford, but Nicholas doubts that will be true regardless of the obvious threat of a key man leaving Emirates Stadium.

If he was to go to Manchester United, does this help Arsenal?

“If Aubameyang wants to leave, you want him from the Premier League. But he’s of a mind and era I can see the risks and understand comparisons with Van Persie. However, I think he’ll be considering what happened to Alexis Sanchez instead of Van Persie.

“Would he want to be part of a celebrity reload at Manchester United? Is there an excellent appeal to that? When it was Liverpool or Man City I’d get it, but Manchester United are miles away in the top two. I don’t see the allure of going to Old Trafford.

“Can he win the title with United in the upcoming few years? He may not even be in the Champions League if he was to join so what’s the actual appeal? I don’t think he’s that type.

“Van Persie jumped into an enormous salary, but Manchester United is not the exact same calibre as what they were then. Maybe. However, like Arsenal, I think they have other issues to deal with.

“If Arsenal were to get £100m for him to go there, I’d take that. Arsenal were once the challengers to United for the name, but neither of these are.

Nicholas considers Arsenal should want to break the bank for Aubameyang, having previously invested heavily in the likes of Mesut Ozil, but admits the Gunners can’t afford another repeat of this contract saga that has seen high talent leave for nothing recently.

The Scot added: “My preference is for Aubameyang to remain. The issue, however, is that as much as I’d love to receive my way, I’ve a feeling Arsenal won’t keep him.

“If it means offloading Ozil and other people to finance his new contract and the rebuilding of the group, I’d have no problem with that. But if Ozil remains, I believe they’ll sell him because they can’t afford another Aaron Ramsey saga.”