Shaka Hislop has claimed that Nicolas Pepe is sad at Arsenal and he has urged the membership to ‘move him on’ this summer season, as he told ESPN.
The former Premier League goalkeeper questioned Pepe’s physique language and the way, practically three years after signing, he’s nonetheless unsettled in north London.
Arsenal followers will bear in mind, however for the flawed causes, that Pepe is the membership’s record-breaking switch, with £72 million being shelled out to Lille for his skills again in 2019, as reported by Sky Sports.
To say that Pepe has hardly proven, over a constant foundation, that he’s value that sum of cash is an understatement, as he’ll go down as one of many worst Premier League transfers of all time when he leaves.
But the place might Pepe go? Back to Lille? Join one other membership in France? Even Hislop was pondering what vacation spot the 27-year-old might do subsequent, as there won’t be many choices.
“Move him on,” stated Hislop. “I will be really frank. As much as we may have seen the good Nicolas Pepe from time to time, that time to time has been few and far between.
“I don’t think his body language suggests that he is happy, that he is settled in and that he is enjoying football at all at Arsenal.
“I was at St James’ Park for Newcastle’s final home game where they beat Arsenal 2-0. And let me tell you, I was there with a friend who is an Arsenal fan and Pepe, who came off the bench, tried to have an impact, if you are an Arsenal fan, then you couldn’t have been more disappointed.
“He was more of a liability to Arsenal and you just knew he wasn’t going to have an impact as Arteta had hoped. Very good at Lille, maybe he just goes back? Or somewhere in Ligue 1? But I don’t know what club in which other league takes a chance on Pepe.”
PEPE ONE OF ARSENAL’S WORST-EVER TRANSFERS
It’s truthful to say that when these within the Arsenal boardroom resolve to put in writing one other huge, huge cheque, then they’ll be sure ten occasions over that they’re completely sure of the switch.
Unai Emery was the person within the Emirates dugout when Pepe arrived and he didn’t present any promise beneath the Spaniard – and that has continued beneath Arteta.
Would Emery, who’s now Villarreal’s coach, take Pepe on board in Spain? Probably not, which most likely tells you every little thing you want to know.
During the France-born star’s time within the Premier League, he has scored 16 targets from 80 matches, Bukayo Saka managed 11 alone final season.
Saka was simply coming via when Pepe arrived, and provided that the Englishman is now enjoying on that right-hand facet, it simply goes to point out that there’s higher high quality within the Hale-End academy than out within the switch market.
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