Arsenal paid seven figures to terminate Pepe’s contract

Nicolas Pepe has finally departed from Arsenal, making a move to Trabzonspor as a free agent, concluding what many consider one of the most disappointing signings in Arsenal’s history.

The Ivorian was once Arsenal’s record signing, a distinction that was surpassed when they acquired Declan Rice in the last transfer window. Unfortunately, Pepe failed to live up to the expectations associated with his hefty price tag.

While Arsenal remains an attractive destination for players, Mikel Arteta’s efforts to help Pepe improve did not yield the desired results, leading to Pepe’s loan spell at Nice last season, which also did not produce significant success.

Despite attempts to find a buyer for him in the transfer market, Arsenal ultimately chose to terminate his contract through mutual consent.

According to Football Insider, Pepe received a substantial severance package in the high seven figures before agreeing to depart from the Emirates.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Signing Pepe was an expensive gamble and we paid for such a big mistake. Most of the executives in charge when we made that deal are gone and we expect the club to make better decisions going forward.

Pepe came to London and walked away as a rich man. We expect him to struggle at his next club because the former Lille man is not good enough for European football.

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  1. “We expect him to struggle”?
    If you say so.

    A seven figure sum to help him on his way?
    Plus a final transfer payment of over £10 million?

    And Unai Emery wanted Zaha for a reported £40,000,000 – the mind just keeps boggling!!

    1. Arsenal got the only deal they could. You insisted we’d get 15M for him, told me I was foolish for saying we’d terminate his contract.

      1. They didn’t get a deal, they tore up his contract, gave him a, reportedly, seven figure golden handshake and then paid the final £10,000,000 plus payment of his transfer deal.

  2. Worst player ever to cost that much at Arsenal. Whoever authorize this buy does not deserve to hold any position at Arsenal.

    1. Corporate lawyer Tim Lewis joined Arsenal as non executive director, and Head of Football Raul Sanllehi who was responsible for bringing Pepe (and other rubbish) to Arsenal left soon after.

  3. Don’t believe the hype about Pepe being a disappointing flop. Pepe’s price tag was not 72M; it’s closer to 45M. (72 less the reported fraud of 25).

    More than 25 goal contributions (goals plus assists) over three seasons place Pepe in the top tier of PL players. Raw, undiluted facts.

    All that’s left to say is take a bow, Nicolas Pepe. Best of luck in the future.

    Now we can focus our attention on the 65M charity donation to Chelsea Football Club for Kai Havertz.

    1. 👍 plus Willian, another con job from Chelsea, who was preferred by Arteta to play before Pepe.
      As for Pepe ” not being good enough for European football”, don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story. Pepe was priced out like so many ex Arsenal players by his high salary. It will be interesting to see where his next move takes him.

        1. It all becomes totally ridiculous
          I’m not one for thinking that he was cheated at all
          All the stats in the world did not make him a success
          He went from us into virtual football oblivion so please put it right on his virtues because nobody in the football world found them after he left

  4. I did’t expect arsenal to terminate pepe’s course he can provide support for saka on the right wing course i think there is no backup for saka right now,there’s too much competition for saka this season,so i think the termination is a bad ideal

  5. All our executives should get friendly and pick the brains of their counterparts at Brighton FC undoubtedly the most efficiently run Club in the UK.

    1. @Grandad
      RealTalk. Instead of us throwing money at their players, we should be poaching their talent scouts. Jus sayin…

  6. Pépé had one year left in his Arsenal contract.hus weekly wages were reported to be 140K/week(7.3M/year)
    150K/week(7.9M/year)I’m rounding it up.even if the club and the player agreed some deal.i still expect Pépé to have got more than 5M.
    Anyway, during the 20/21 season when he was given “chances”,he scored 6 goals in EL in 13 games,10 goals and 1 assist in the PL and 2 goals in domestic cups. That’s 18 goals and 1 assist for the season,not too shabby considering he didn’t always started games.despite his good end of that season,the following season,MA started/played Wilian , that’s what Pépé said ”
    At the end of the first season,MA spoke with me and told me to do this or that. The second season comes along, I was a substitute. I was going mad. How could I be a substitute when he said he counted on me? Everything is spinning in your head. I was a substitute. It was at the time when they signed Willian. He is a number 10 or a winger. But he plays on the wing for like 11 or 12 matches in a row”
    during his season loan to Nice,he got injured and played only 19 games and still scored 8 goals.these were all in the first half of the season and before his knee injury.he played another 5 games after his injury without scoring but it was expected.had he been fit all season, he’d have scored more goals for sure.lastly,on top of paying Pépé up and not receiving a fee for him.Arsenal still have to pay the last installment due to Lille which is between 10/ for Pépé’s market value,I checked several sites and the amounts are as low as 8M/10M up to 18M Euros which is Transfermakt latest valuation.

  7. Pepe was destroyed by Arteta. It hurts.

    And as usual Edu talks but can’t sell players.

    Edu’s colleagues Sporting Directors have been approaching the Saudis to offload players while he engages in Photo Ops; paying off unwanted players by termination.

    He’s counting on his goodwill being in the invincible squad.

    Time will catch up with him soon.

  8. Well said, the article is even saying that he is not good for Europe. I feel for Pepe it was a case of not suiting Arteta’s style. He would have excelled else where maybe. Wishing him the best of luck.

  9. i found your last opinion boring and disgusting how can u say he is not good for european football he might not have fulfilled his potential at arsenal that does not diminish his talent pls stop bad mouthing people before he came to arsenal was he not the best player in lille

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