Nicolas Pepe’s Arsenal stint

Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 from Lille.

The Gunners paid a staggering £72m to bring the Ivorian to north London.

And though a player of course has no control over his price-tag, to say that Pepe has since failed to come anywhere close to justifying such a fee would be putting it lightly.

Both Unai Emery, who has made public that he in fact wanted to sign Wilfried Zaha over Pepe, and Mikel Arteta, have struggled to get the best out of the gifted wide-man.

Pepe would have a bright end to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, which saw him net five in his last three league outings of the season.

However, he has since so far struggled to emulate that form during the new season.

Pepe has scored one and assisted two in two League Cup ties this term. But he has continued to struggle for any sort of form in the league.

Arteta not open to selling Pepe

Now, ahead of the January window, Pepe has been linked with a move away from Arsenal.

So far, four clubs, several of which are from the Premier League, have been linked with Pepe.

As a result, Mikel Arteta was recently asked about selling the Ivorian in January, though he seemed keen to shut that talk down.

When asked if he would entertain any offers for Pepe, Arteta stated:

“No, and it is not the moment to talk about that either. We are interested in Nico performing at the level that he can do.

“He had some really good moments since I have been here, some moments where he hasn’t participated that much, like everybody else.”

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