Huge Ousmane Dembele to Arsenal claim made by legend Robert Pires

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Ousmane Dembele continued his knack of scoring on the big stage when called upon when he struck the opener in Barcelona’s draw with Tottenham on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old has only scored 13 goals for Barca but several of those have been important strikes in the league, the Spanish Super Cup and the Champions League.

Dembele, who joined Barcelona in August 2017, suffered injury problems in his first year and this season has been criticised for his behaviour, including turning up late to training and events.

Reports have linked the 21-year-old with a move to Arsenal away from the Camp Nou during January transfer window, but Barca are adamant they have no intention of selling despite concerns over his attitude.

Robert 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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