Arsenal should wait until the summer to sell Nicolas Pepe (Opinion)

Arsenal are said to be considering cashing in on Nicolas Pepe in the coming window, but I personally feel that would be a mistake.

While we are fully aware that his best performances are impossible to predict, with consistency not something we have come to expect from the Ivory Coast international, what we should have come to expect is for him to come into his element in the latter months of the season.

In his two seasons in north London, he has always finished strongly, with February onwards seemingly his optimum time in output for both goal contributions and consistency.

In both seasons, he has finished the campaign as a regular in the first-team, and while there would be no specific explanation as to why this occurs, we don’t always have to understand something for it to prove true.

Every summer, we are full of belief that we can expect Pepe to finally become the player we expected for the fee paid for him, and by October, we are either making excuses for him, or back to insisting he just needs time.

Cashing in this January would surely be selling when his stock is at his lowest, especially considering that he will be unavailable during the AFCON early into 2022 which will no doubt be off-putting for a club looking to bolster their squad for a strong finish to the season.

Am I alone in thinking that lightning should strike thrice and Pepe will once again come good after the January transfer window?

Patrick

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9 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    He is currently needed to compete with Saka and we should wait until we get another tall RW

    However, if there is a good offer, sell him immediately. We can always promote Hutchinson to be Saka’s backup

    1. Sylva says:

      N. Pepe a very talented player but not aware of his own abilities. He’s been given enough chance by Arteta but not consistent. He seem like his country man W. Zaha who never lived up to expectation in Man.U. My opinion is that he is still useful in Arsenal and he has this season to prove himself hence he should be sold..

  2. Harold D. says:

    No. No. Pls be a little more patient with him and give him a little more pitch timel.

  3. IslanderG says:

    Good point. Give Pepe a chance to show his late-season form and hope to get more for him in the summer, or even keep him if he explodes with goals.

    I think there is a lot of talent there. Give Mr. Arteta another half-season to find the key…if he has not already concluded that there is no key. It appears he may have finally found the key to AMN; perhaps he will find a way to get from Pepe what he has to give.

    But I must say it seems to me that Mr. Arteta wants smart, self-motivated players, and Pepe does not seem to fill those requirements. His coaching style seems to be clear demands and tough love for those who don’t meet them. He can give meaningful praise where deserved, but softer coaxing does not seem to be his way, as far as I can tell.

  4. Declan says:

    Play him on the left!

  5. Adajim says:

    Why should we sell him if he is ok with us ?
    My concern about Martinelli article, if Pepe who IMO is a big player isn’t complaining, I don’t know why we think Martinelli a young player would complain about starting from the bench

  6. Nino says:

    is very simple… Pepe is not who we think he is… he’s not good enough to play in arsenal jersey…we shouldn’t had bought him … just that Saka was coming up that period we bought Pepe and we never knew that Saka gonna pick up on time like as he doing now ….. arsenal should have gone for Anthony for Ajax when he was in in San poalo

  7. Wayne says:

    At every turn, there is this talk of selling Pepe, surprisingly no talk of getting rid of Chambers, Mari, Kolasinac , Torriera , Soares and Holding. Are these players more valuable to Arsenal than Pepe? Simply, are they better than him?Remember, last season, at the halfway stage Arsenal sat at 15th position in the premier league, but,for the contributions of Pepe, in the second half of the season, l wonder how close to finishing 8th, Arsenal would have been. Selling Pepe in January transfer window is not a priority. Arsenal should try to sell the players, whose contracts are expiring at the end of the season instead and bring in a striker or a goal scoring attacking midfielder. Arsenal needs to score more goals to break into top four.

  8. gunnerforlife says:

    Pepe shouldnt be sold, not atleast in January. He is a vital back up to Saka and also play LW. Give him another half season to prove himself and we could assess the situation in the summer. If AMN has improved and could be considered as a starter for Arsenal, I am sure Pepe will also improve, the only thing he needs is consistency. In the last season, he played very well in the second half of the season.

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