Boost for Arsenal as deal agreed to offload international

Arsenal have agreed a deal with Nice which will see Nicolas Pepe leave for the upcoming campaign, which will likely open the door for a new attacking addition to be added to our squad.

The Gunners have been linked with a number of forwards this summer, with a number of right-wingers believed to be on our radar, but we have seemingly been reluctant to sign a new addition whilst our current club record signing was still in north London.

We now look to have agreed a deal to send the Ivory Coast international back to Ligue 1 where he has proved so clinical previously, and we are expected to have a fair chunk of his wages off our budget, which could well open up a place for a new winger to come in.

SkySports claims that there has been no option to buy included in the loan deal which has been agreed with Nice, but his move is expected to be completed inside the coming 48 hours after the terms of the transfer were agreed between the two sides.

I’m in two minds about this move. While I firmly believe he will be a hit back in France, leaving on loan for a year when you have have just two years on your contract has to be a major negative when considering the value of any future transfer, but at the same time, we have clearly struggled to find him a permanent home this summer, and his value will no doubt increase again when he gets to showcase his talents amidst regular playing time once again.

Should we have held out for a better offer closer to the end of the transfer window?

Patrick

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12 Comments

  1. I am just glad he appears to be leaving at last . He has a degree of talent for sure but he i unable to use it effectively and seems totally unsuited to Prem football.

    No matter what any of us think, , it matters not, as nothing will change the fact that MA does not want him here and he will be leaving, VERY soon,it seems.
    I am glad of that!

    1. He’s not good enough for the team therefore, he has to leave.

      And should we have held out for a better offer closer to the end of the transfer window? How else? As the only club interested in taking the Player is Nice. Yes he’s talented, but obviously, talent is not enough.

    2. You are trying to Nicholas Pepe not good enough for Arsenal look a certain players like David neres Anthony look what are they doing to the respective clubs do not tell me you would love to sign this two players that I mentioned and is a arteta doing sending away a very good player

  2. Wasted talent IMO and wasted money ,he will probably leave for 10 million next year .
    Could have got some game time with us in the EL ,but not to be .

  3. The transfer window has one week to go – how will there be a better offer? It seems to be the only offer.

    If we want to get more deals over the line based on this then one week is already tight, in fact it may already be too late if other clubs need to have replacements lined up.

    So take the chance to offload the wages, hope he does well there and in a year’s time he’s more valuable.

    Interesting that there’s no *option* to buy? Either that came from the Arsenal side or they couldn’t agree what the fee would be.

  4. Brilliant European performance from Rangers again.

    Cody Gakpo will now be looking for a new home?

  5. Fairly, NP is far better the best winger we have in arsenal no matter what the plan of MA. Although he is rejected he will glow again somewhere.
    All the best nico

  6. It seems to be the best we could do. Hopefully Pepe can rediscover his French league form so that someone will be willing to put in a reasonable bid in the summer. He’ll only have a year left on his contract by then, but i don’t think there’s much more we can do at this point.

  7. Pepe held up play a lot and just too much of fancy footwork and no end result. The result was the momentum going forward at the final third was lost. He scored some terrific goals but few and far in between. For 72 bars it was a waste of money. English prem is a tough league. We need a top class right winger with pace , nifty and must be able to cut inside on his left and lay it on for our forwards. Shooting on the run would be an added advantage.

  8. Pepe going is a very good thing despite the the money we paid and the nature of the deal(on loan). Him being signed by Emery in a bad time for arsenal and reletively poor work by the scouting team, the manager and the sporting director from the tactical point view was devestating.

    Though i think that him departing is a good news, not signing a replacement will be bad. As charles watts said in his youtube channel, it’s highly unlikely due to the money we’ve already spent. I personally like Pedro Neto. He’s a talented player and fits the system much better than Pepe.

    I hope Edu signs replacement as I think Nelson is not good enough and ESR is more likely to play in midfield.

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