Arsenal tipped to offload first-team star to Europa Conference League side

Nice are claimed to be eyeing a move to sign Nicolas Pepe on loan from Arsenal this summer, with the forward having fallen down the pecking order in north London.

The Ivory Coast international signed from Lille for a club record deal back in 2019, but has failed to make the grade.

Whilst Pepe has shown glimpses of his talent, he has never strung together the kind of form that would warrant an extended run of first-team football, and he now finds himself behind all of Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in the pecking order out wide, whilst Fabio Vieira and Eddie NKetiah could also be in competition also.

With all that in mind, an exit has seemed the most likely scenario this summer, and with Nice claimed to be keen on striking a loan deal, with Foot Mercato also claiming that the player is keen to return to the French league where he was so impressive previously, this deal could well make sense for all involved.

The only I can see with the deal is whether an obligation or option to buy is included in proceedings, while the fact that he has less than two years remaining on his current terms could be a huge negative for us, as we would lose a lot of value if we were to end up having to try and find a new buyer in 12 months time.

Is anyone shocked that we are struggling to sell Nico this summer? Has he not shown enough to warrant interest from a number of respectable clubs?

Patrick

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10 Comments

  1. Losing Pepe on loan is not a smart move by the club. He’s still a good squad player. Any transfer has to be on a permanent move with the fee used in signing another top winger to assist/challenge Saka.

  2. Nico is a good player not suited to the way Mikel wants the team to play. Some sources say he didn’t even bother to learn English. I wonder how true that is. I watched Saliba’s interview after the Palace game and his English was very good. Hopefully We get a decent fee.

    1. Pepe has been a disaster signing from day one.
      He’s way out of his depth playing in the premiership.
      He’s lazy and doesn’t seem to have a clue what he’s supposed to do.

      Waste of space being on our bench. Bringing him on doesn’t improve us it weakens us.

      Rather he was sold but going on loan means we can replace him with someone.

  3. Pepe seems to need a lot of motivation to perform well, Arteta could try him at the CF, maybe he’ll improve, if not, he can be loaned as no concrete offer has come for him.

  4. Most opposing premiership football teams would not say they’re too bothered by Pepe being brought onto the pitch. If this is the case then he’s doing a lot that’s wrong imo. Teams should be concerned whenever he’s being sent on as his value is meant to indicate he carries a threat, but does he I ask really present a top tier threat? I appreciate the try nicholas but for me he’s never going to cut the mustard. We *gunner need better.

  5. Anyway, it happens to some players some times pepe is one of them considering the number of players we have letting him go permanent is more wise, since he will not get chance to improve.

  6. In all fairness, Nico has been afforded sufficient chances to prove himself. While his talents are undeniable, he has totally failed to use them on a consistent basis. Therein lies his problem.
    It’s time to cut him loose and put his wages to good use.

  7. It’s a pity we still have ungrateful fans in this club…pepe issue is based on Arteta coaching style n the fact that he doesn’t like pepe…Some fans don’t know how it feels when your manager relegates u to the bench n others get game time over you..selling pepe or loaning him is a very bad idea cox we don’t except Saka n others to be playing week in and out..pepe is still valued as a team player for depth purpose.. personally I don’t think pepe is that bad but his just being haunted by a manage who has shown no confidence in him and also some ungrateful fans that are always looking to scapegoat him for Arsenals failure forgetting we also have a 50million defender that was scrap and since it was Artetas signing he still gets to.play when we all know is not a RB but we all know his not quality enough to displace salibia, yet the same ARTETA has created a role for him just like he did for underperforming tarvares that cost us some vital wins and yet the manager still kept faith in his signings..pls let’s stop antagonizing Pepe cox his a victim of an Artetas process ok

  8. Hang tight & desperate united will give us 50mil for him!!! as it seems like no one good wants to go there these days

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