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Report: Marseille wanted Arsenal 26-year-old to join Saliba in France

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According to French outlet L’Equipe, as relayed by Eurosport, Marseille were keen to sign Nicolas Pepe from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The Olympians, one of the most prestigious clubs in France, are slowly becoming home to many Arsenal players.

William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi are currently at Marseille on loan, while Sead Kolasinac joined them on a free transfer last month. To make the Arsenal contingent even bigger, the Ligue 1 outfit reportedly tried to recruit Pepe, who has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal.

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Marseille tried to sign Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe

Pepe, our record signing, hasn’t really set the Premier League on fire like we expected him to back in 2019. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are ahead of him in the pecking order and the 26-year-old is spending more time on the bench these days than on the pitch.

Marseille looked to take advantage of that in January and tried to sign him. However, it wasn’t a possibility then, but the Olympians aren’t ready to give up just yet.

It has been claimed that Jorge Sampaoli’s side will try to sign Pepe again in the summer transfer window and as frustrating as it is, they could end up with another Arsenal player.

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The Insider’s View:

It really is a shame that things haven’t worked out for Pepe at Arsenal.

The Ivorian has shown in flashes how good he can be. He’s unstoppable on his day and is capable of the spectacular every time he cuts in off the right-wing.

However, Pepe just hasn’t been consistent enough. That is partly Mikel Arteta’s fault as well as he hasn’t given the ex-Lille man regular game time, but with Saka playing as well as he is, it makes no sense to change things in that position, does it?

It will be interesting to see what Arsenal will do with Pepe in the summer. If a reasonable bid comes in, it makes sense to let him go, but we’ll get nowhere near the money we paid for him two-and-a-half years ago.

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