Mikel Arteta has insisted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang does not need to win silverware to be a Premier League great.

The Gabon goal-poacher has been by far Arsenal's most important player since his arrival in 2018 - scoring 60 goals.

But he is coveted for a summer move by Barcelona amid fears he is unappreciated in England.

Speaking ahead of Thursday's Europa League against Olympiakos, Arteta said: “Harry Kane has scored 30 goals and never won the Premier League, you know?

“There are a lot of good examples of players that do phenomenally, but unfortunately there are a lot of top teams in this country and only one wins the league.

"So you can’t have everything in life.”

Arteta is in no doubt about the importance of the Gabonese striker

Aubameyang has never won a league title or a European trophy and is desperate to relaunch his Champions League career.

But Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville maintains he is up with the very best this country has had - and Arteta agrees.

“If he had been top scorer in the league and won the league, then he would have been voted the best player in the league for sure.

“You need both. You need individual performance and you need the collective side of your team as well to support that.

"That is where we have to make a step forward to try to convince these top players to want to stay at our club and be successful and be happy.”

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Arsenal want to avoid putting Aubameyang up for sale in the summer with just a year left on his contract.

Should they fail to reach agreement the Gunners are likely to sell rather than allow his contract to run down. But Arteta maintained talks are ongoing.

He went on: “The club has a very idea of how he wants to develop things.

"They are in constant communication with players’ agents and they know the plan better than I do.

"I completely trust them on that.”