“Arsenal will regret selling Pepe”, say fans of the Ivory Coast winger
The 27-year-old struggled to find playing time under Mikel Arteta while the Gunners secured their Europa League return after finishing fifth in the Premier League.
There have been mixed feelings among Arsenal supporters after reports emerged that Nicolas Pepe could be sold ahead of the new season.
It was reported on Saturday that the 27-year-old Ivory Coast international might have been offered to Paris Saint-Germain as a possible replacement for Angel Di Maria, a report that was published on Sunday. In the summer of 2019, Pepe joined Arsenal from Lille for a club-record fee of €79 million (£72 million).
During his time at Arsenal, he has made 80 appearances and scored 16 goals for the club. The defender, however, struggled for playing time under Mikel Arteta last season as his North London side finished fifth in the Premier League table, and therefore qualified for the Europa League next season.
Pepe managed to complete 20 appearances in all and accrued 681 minutes of playing time in total. In those 38 appearances, he started five of them and was mostly used as a substitute on 15 occasions as well as being called into action off the bench.
As a result, Pepe, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, netted a goal in the top flight and chipped in with two assists. There has been much discussion in the Arsenal community over the news linking him to a summer move to Paris St. Germain in a post on Arsenal fan site AFTV.
It’s quite clear that Arsenal will regret selling Pepe…and he’ll prove Mikel [Arteta] wrong wherever he ends up”, observed Franklin Moses. “I am pretty certain he will benefit from game time and a real manager can get the most out of him”, added Faris Phil Robertson. There is a lot of talent in him, but he needs proper coaching.”
Arsenal will regret losing Pepe to Paris Saint-Germain, according to George Ochife: “If we allow this boy to join PSG, we’d see the true beast in him… “We’d realize how much of his excellent ability we wasted on the bench,” he continued, adding: “I honestly believe that failing to use him correctly was a huge failure on our part.”
Meanwhile, McDonald Tshwaranang explained that the most important thing was to keep Pepe at Arsenal: “That’s what the problem is.” There comes a time when you have to move players on; believing Bukayo [Saka] will be fit for the rest of his life. But he will get injured, and then you will start saying Arsenal has no players to play with.
Sometimes there is a need to have a solid bench. In fact, you need it a lot more than you think.”
Simon Masieyi believes Pepe will come in handy for Arsenal next season, particularly if Arsenal are back in the Europa League: “Pepe always shines in Europa League and we are back in it, and my opinion is he should play in those games and rest Saka for the Premier League,” while Byomuhangi David urged: “Just give him a chance to continue.”
It was Alfred Sandy, who blamed Arteta for Pepe’s failures at Arsenal stating: “Pepe is a wonderful player, but he can never succeed at Arsenal because the coach lacks confidence in him,” and Yenu Pang Paark. “I think Pepe should be given an opportunity in a more central role.”.
Arsenal’s alleged decision to offload the player has been backed by another group of supporters: “Yes, I think we have to get rid of him, he doesn’t add any value, he doesn’t push for a place in the first eleven, he doesn’t seem keen on playing for Arsenal anymore,” said Quiet Mhlanga.
Bismark Acheampong explained why he should leave Arsenal: “I pray for him to leave and play for a coach that will value him,” while Marky Marky insisted: “Arsenal should let him go to PSG.”
The debate over Pepe ended when Lando Brigstock described him as the worst signing ever in Premier League history: “One of the worst signings in Premier League history,” while Exodus Bassey concluded the discussion with: “PSG should hurry up the deal, let him go there, and prove himself.”
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