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Report: Arsenal have completely ‘lost patience’ with £140,000-a-week player, he could join PSG now

According to French outlet Foot Mercato, Arsenal have had enough of Nicolas Pepe and have offered him to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) now.

The Ivorian joined the Gunners for a club-record £72 million in 2019 (BBC). A lot was expected of him after his sensational final season at Lille, but things just haven’t worked out for the 26-year-old in North London.

In 112 appearances for Arsenal, Pepe has scored 21 goals and provided 27 assists in all competitions. That is a really poor return for someone who cost so much money, and he has fallen down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta as well.

Bukayo Saka is the Gunners’ undisputed first-choice right-winger. That is not going to change as long as he’s at the club, which is why Arsenal want Pepe gone this summer.

Arsenal have offered Nicolas Pepe to PSG

The report claims that Arsenal have ‘lost patience’ with Pepe and don’t believe it’s worth keeping him at the club anymore. He’ll enter the final two years of his contract this summer, and Arteta feels it’s the right time to cash in on him.

Pepe has already been offered to a whole host of clubs, including PSG. The French champions are looking to replace Angel Di Maria, and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele is their priority target.

However, if they cannot land the Frenchman, the report claims that Luis Campos, who has been tipped to replace Leonardo as PSG’s sporting director, will push for Pepe to be brought to Le Parc des Princes.

Campos was the man who identified Pepe when he was Lille’s head of transfers, and the two know each other really well. It has been claimed that he’s attentive to the £140,000-a-week Arsenal man’s situation ahead of the summer transfer window.

Our view

It really is a shame that things haven’t worked out for Pepe at Arsenal.

The Ivorian’s talent is unquestionable. He scored 23 goals and provided 12 assists in his final season at Lille, and although he never produced those numbers at Arsenal, it can be argued that he didn’t really get a consistent run of games to show the world what he’s all about.

Pepe will enter the final two years of his contact this summer and a move away is the best thing for all parties. Arsenal will not even get back half of what they paid for him in 2019, but they have no choice but to accept their losses and move on now.

It will be interesting to see if PSG will actually make a move for Pepe this summer. If they do, it would be an incredible opportunity for him to return to France and become the player he once was again.

 

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