Arsenal are desperate to get rid of Nicolas Pepe as we head into transfer deadline day tomorrow.
The Ivorian joined us for what was a club-record fee back in the summer of 2019, and he was expected to make us the most dangerous side in the Premier League alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
That, sadly, didn’t happen, and he needs to go now.
Arsenal will do ‘everything in their power’ to sell Nicolas Pepe
Arsenal still have a lot of work to do with respect to outgoings in this window.
Folarin Balogun was just sold to Monaco, while Kieran Tierney was moved on to Real Sociedad on loan. Nuno Tavares looks like he’s off to Nottingham Forest for the season, which could be a good move for him.
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Now, Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge has shared an update on the Ivorian’s future.
He told GiveMeSport: “Because it was such an expensive deal, I do wonder how much it would cost Arsenal to terminate his contract.
“They’re doing everything in their power to get him a move. There has been interest from Turkey and a bit of interest from Spain.
“I think offloading Pepe and, obviously, Rob Holding will be Arsenal’s priority in the final few days. They are on the market but, at the moment, they’re struggling to find a new home.”
The Insider’s View:
It really is sad that things did not work out for Pepe at Arsenal.
The Ivorian is definitely not as bad as people make him out to be. His numbers for us are far superior when compared to the likes of Antony, Jadon Sancho, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Richarlison, who all cost massive money as well.
Arsenal are right to try and move him on now, but if we can’t, would it really be a bad idea to keep him for the season? Mikel Arteta has no left-footed right-winger at his disposal apart from Bukayo Saka, and Pepe is more than good enough to play a bit-part role.
However, it is unlikely that Arteta would be willing to do that now.