Pundit hints Arteta will offload this underperforming star soon

Kevin Campbell has hinted that Nicolas Pepe’s days at the Emirates are numbered unless he steps up his performance.

Mikel Arteta is loading this Arsenal team with his players and those he inherited when he took the job will have to work hard to stay in his plans.

Pepe has flattered to deceive since he moved to the Emirates and the Ivorian is now struggling to get first-team minutes this season.

When he has been given a chance to play, he struggles to prove why he should remain in the team.

As Arsenal gradually adds players that suit Arteta’s system to the squad, they could soon sell him off and Campbell believes he simply hasn’t been good enough.

The former Gunner said on The Highbury Squad YouTube channel last night: “This is the proving season for Pepe, I believe.

“He will get a chance, it might be in the Carabao Cup, but he will get a chance. He’s got to shine, he has to. If he doesn’t…

“What is it, the third year of a five-year deal? We’re still waiting for him to make the real break out, although he broke out a little bit at the back end of last season. Is that enough for a record signing? It’s not enough!”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Pepe is clearly not good enough for Arsenal and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that when you watch him play.

It is still a wonder why he was brought to the Emirates in the first place when Arsenal had the chance to sign someone as accomplished as Wilfried Zaha.

Now is the time to make the right decisions going forward and it might be a good idea to offload him in the summer and sign a replacement who will bring more value to the club.

Tags Kevin Campbell Nicolas Pepe


  1. I fear nobody will want to pay half of what we paid to Lille, I’ll blame Raul for Pepe’s signing, cause Emery doesn’t want him in the first place, They guy is just too bad, I hope we offload him sooner.

  2. Underperforming? Or not being given a fair run of games ,slight difference Abit like the Martinelli conundrum,if they aren’t being played they can not really show what they can do ,Pepe as been in and out the side since he arrived here but his numbers are still better than most .

  3. Pls what’s DAN KIT saying.Pepe have been given loads of opportunities but the guy has flattered to deceive.He is not just good enough.

    1. I think you can see what I’m saying from my post above ,was this a question directly to me or just a random shout out to who ever reads it ?

      1. I’d have thought th post fromLucky James was BOTH of those things and correctly too!

        I fail to see how many MORE chances to show his worth YOU would wish our manager to give him! I’ d say none personally and would be delighted , though atonished, if we could get even a third of what we stupidly paid for him back in a sale. He has been a DISAPPPINTING failure, so face facts DANNY BOY!

          1. DK, That nonsense means nothing! If you have something that can be understood to actually SAY, then please say it and not write meaningless drivel.

              1. Obviously incapable, or more likely unwilling, of saying anything meaningful I see, with no surprise at all!

                Actually DK , I believe the reason you chose to say nothing is that in truth you agree with Lucky James in his original post, despite questioning it.

  4. Pepe isn’t as good as the 72m, he was purchased, he’s been scoring goals but goals ain’t the only thing required of a player, most times Pepe starts, the RB/LB behind Pepe suffers a lot, don’t get me wrong, he’s a good guy, he’s style of play isn’t just what Arsenal needs, I would prefer Zaha, Mahrez or Sterling any day.

    If he could be traded for a player we need, I guess we won’t feel the loss that much compared to selling him for half the price, especially if the player brought in becomes a standout.

  5. Pepe is good but he is not worth the amount we paid to acquire him.
    There is no way he is going to play to justify that kind of money because he is simply not worth it.
    If we bought him for around 25-30m, I think nobody will be complaining about his input.

    It’s not his fault, pepe can’t give what he doesn’t have.
    Those who stupidly paid such a high fee for him should be held responsible.

    We still need him in my opinion, I think he is still the only player who can actually dribble pass an opponent.

  6. Just remember last season, Willian was brought into the squad and played for average of 70 minutes per game, while Pepe had to come as a substitute most times, especially in the premier league games,for the first half of the season. Arsenal were down to fifteenth on the table. In the second half of the season, Pepe was given more opportunities to start and he was one of our most productive players , during that period , ending the season with 16 goals and 5 assists in all competitions played. Yes, he has been inconsistent, but, not the only one. Let us take some time and make some statistical analysis of our attacking players i.e., the minutes played in comparison to their goals scored and assists provided. Many of you will be surprised. Why persecute Pepe for a price tag, he had no control of. I am sure Pepe can and will be useful in some games, as it’s just eleven games gone for the season. Arsenal definitely needs to strengthen in the January transfer window, if financially possible,with a striker(Alexander Isak) , a creative attacking midfielder and a right back. Also players like Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torriera, Elneny, Chambers, Mari, Nketiah and Lacazette should be sold in the January transfer window, rather than lose them for free at the end of the season. That would help fund the acquisition of players needed and reduce the wage bill tremendously.

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