Former Arsenal star, Martin Keown has said that on form Southampton striker Danny Ings could replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates.
The Gunners are still working hard to get their highest goal scorer to sign a new contract at the club, with his current deal set to expire next summer.
Aubameyang has thrived in north London since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and Keown hopes he puts pen to paper on a new deal.
However, the Arsenal legend added that his former club must be prepared for Aubameyang’s departure, adding that Ings could emerge as his potential replacement.
Ings, 27, has enjoyed a brilliant season at St Mary’s, scoring 23 goals in 40 appearances to help Southampton challenge for a top-half finish.
“Danny Ings has been outstanding,”Keown told talkSPORT.
“He presses really well, he’s hard working, Southampton are lucky to have him.
“I think while Ralph Hasenhuttl is there they’ll keep him, because the two together are a little bit special. Ings is rewarding Southampton for the way they stood by him and gave him another chance and now he can’t stop scoring.
“He could slot in anywhere, there would be a lot of clubs that would be interested in this fella if he became available. He’s doing it now at the highest level.
“If Aubamyeng left would Arsenal be an option? When you’ve got 20 goals to your name then everybody is interested in you, especially if suddenly you need a striker.
“There’s no doubt the top clubs will be really interested in what he does and he’s still young enough to get better and develop.
“I would rather have Aubameyang, but if Aubameyang is gone you need goals, you’ve got to have players in your team that give you belief you will win games, and Ings is one of those.
“So yeah, I don’t think I’d be turning him away. I’d be definitely looking at him as a player Arsenal should be interested in.”