Arsenal is disappointed with big-money flop whose problem is his mentality

Nicolas Pepe is a player Arsenal regrets signing not because he is not talented but because his mindset is wrong, reckons journalist Jonathan Johnson.

The Ivorian moved to Arsenal in 2019 as one of the top attackers in Europe after a wonderful season on the books of Lille.

The Gunners broke their transfer record with the purchase, but Pepe struggled at the Emirates and still isn’t doing well on loan at Nice this season.

He is set to depart the club and Johnson writes in his column on Caughtoffside:

“I can’t say with any certainty that there was anything like an internal enquiry about over-spending on the player, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did feel a bit short-changed. There’s no doubt Pepe had his problems at Arsenal, and I think it’s clear that that’s more down to mentality than ability.

“He’s a very talented footballer, but if you don’t take your development seriously and take care of yourself in the correct way day after day, then it’s very difficult, especially at a club like Arsenal, to give them what they need, so I think that’s why they feel very let down by that transfer.

“I think they’d say, with hindsight, there was no problem with identifying the talent with Pepe, but it was perhaps a lack of due diligence done on his personality.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Adding Pepe to our squad was a huge mistake that we certainly cannot repeat and we must cut our losses on him this summer.

The people who added the Ivorian to our group have mostly left the club and our new recruitment system has worked wonders so far.

This means we are likely to avoid making such a silly mistake again in the future when we shop for new players.


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  1. Talking about mentality if reports received is correct Odegaard gesture to make Zinchenko captain today game shows he has a remarkable mindset.

    This gesture will amplify the camaraderie in the squad as they sympathize with the Ukrainians people on the anniversary of the invasion in their country.

  2. It goes to show how much damage to morale and to finance a rogue CEO can do.

  3. One could say the same about Edu and his signing of William and the big Aubu contract. In hindsight he clearly failed in identifying these flops.

    But why are we focusing on players that will no longer be part of the club

  4. here is my take on Auba and William, at the time Auba signed the improved contract he wasn’t exactly a slob in front of goals but was a terrific goal scorer, in hindsight was he playing for the contract? his dip in form and unforgivable misses in front of goals afterwards suggest so but I do hazard a guess that us arsenal fans were literally dying for him to sign at the time,
    Was William a flop? I argue that he wasn’t, should we have been a little bit more patient with him? Of course yes, as he is doing very well at Fulham and at his age he still a guaranteed starter for them, infact his pedigree at chelsea speak for itself

    1. Will Ian was not a flop,but did not suit the quick fast playing of Arsenal when attacking., you know. when what,,, if you are in a team with young players like in Arsenal you will not cope with them if you are old and can not quicker.

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