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Pires Speaks on Dembele Leaving Barcelona for Arsenal

Arsenal legend, Robert Pires, has said that Barcelona would be wrong to allow Ousmane Dembele leave the club, with the player linked with a move to The Emirates.

Dembele has been a cause for concern at the Nou Camp this season, leading to speculation that the LaLiga champions could let him go and re-sign Neymar.

Neymar departed Camp Nou for a world record £200million fee last summer and Barca spent half of that figure to land Dembele as his replacement.

But Pires believes Ernesto Valverde’s men are better off working with Dembele.

“I love him [Dembele] very much,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“We always talk about [Lionel] Messi, but this guy is very good.

“He’s young but what he does we all did as kids. What you must do is self-impose discipline in your life, but he is young and with his quality and talent, he can help Barca to win the Champions League and also the league, as we have seen against Tottenham and Espanyol with great goals.

“If I had to choose, I would not change Dembele for Neymar.
“Ousmane is 21, plays with the left and the right [foot] with a lot of quality with the ball.
“He has a lot of potential, more than what we’ve seen so far.”

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