Arsenal man took a £2.5m pay cut to leave the club

Nicolas Pepe has just left Arsenal to join Nice on loan after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates.

The winger struggled to show his best form at the home of the Gunners, and they wanted to offload him.

Nice is one of a few clubs that was prepared to take a chance on him and now he will spend this campaign with them.

The winger was one of Arsenal’s highest earners when he moved to the Emirates, so it was hard for the Gunners to find a suitor that will pay all his wages.

The Athletic says he agreed to take a pay cut to move back to Ligue 1. Nice pay 50% of his salariy, Arsenal pays 25% and he has forgone the other 25% to make the move happen.

This is a desperate bid from the Ivorian to play regularly again after his struggles at the Emirates.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Pepe has been a poor buy from us and it is unbelievable that we broke our transfer record to sign him.

Thankfully, the people in charge of making signings for us now are making better decisions, thanks to their relationship with Mikel Arteta.

The gaffer will want to continue buying outstanding players, and we might sign a replacement for Pepe.

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  1. In moments he looked world class for us. It was just far, far to rare and he didn’t do the defensive work wingers need to do these days. It’s annoying we have to pay anything really but needs must for club and player. I wish him well and hope he plays a great season to allow a good transfer fee to be generated when he gets sold.

    1. With the time that’ll be left on his contract I dare say he’ll “do a Bellerin”. 🙁

      At least that’d get him off the books.

      1. “Do a Bellerin “
        What ,wanting to go to a club that he feels happy playing at and played some really good football last season .
        You expect him to just sign ,which will probably be his last professional contract with a club he Does not want to go to ?
        Or Let me guess you would rather he sits out his last 12 months on the bench ? Just so you can bitch and moan .

  2. Let’s hope that Josh Kroenke has learned a lesson from this, and doesn’t go get involved in recruiting players in a sport he knows nothing about.

  3. Fair play to him
    Shame a few posters feel the need to put down a player that the club wanted and gave a contract to but still feel the need to stick the knife in even when he’s taking a reported pay cut to get game time ,mentioning Bellerin sums up the idiotic comment above .

    Ps well said Dan the cannon .

    1. 👍Dan, Nicholas Pepe has always conducted himself well, despite the treatment he has received.

  4. I would hate to have some of you as friends, soon as there is no longer anything in it for them or have any use for you, they’ll drop you ASAP without a thank you.

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