Danny Murphy has warned both Arsenal and Tottenham that keeping their star strikers this summer is the most important thing because they will not be able to replace them.
The two north London outfits square off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.
Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were both on the scoresheet when the two teams drew 2-2 at the Emirates back in September.
But the pair have both been linked with moves away from their respective clubs.
Kane has been warned to make the most of his career while Aubameyang’s deal has entered its final year.
Nevertheless, Murphy has told both clubs that, despite the fees each striker would command, they would not be able to replace them with like for like quality if they left.
“The most important business for Spurs and Arsenal this summer is keeping Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.
“Any fee received or savings in wages would be spent on having to sign a replacement who wouldn’t be as good — no world-class striker is going to north London with no immediate prospect of Champions League football.
“Aubameyang’s attitude playing on the left has been very good. Maybe having the captain’s armband has helped.
“My message to the Arsenal board would be to roll out the red carpet on a new contract. I know they got stung with the Mesut Ozil deal but this isn’t the same. Spurs wouldn’t be able to replace Kane.
“I don’t think he is looking to jump ship now but if Spurs are in the same boat this time next year, he might look at his options.”
Kane has been Tottenham’s top goalscorer every year for the past five years.
Aubameyang meanwhile has just notched his 50th Premier League goal for the Gunners quicker than anyone else in the club’s history.