Arsenal exit looms for Pepe as £47m loss on the cards - expert

By Kevin Campbell

1st May, 2022 | 8:00pm

Nicolas Pepe 'has no future' at Arsenal as £47m loss on the cards - expert

Arsenal “paid over the odds” for Nicolas Pepe and must accept a hefty loss on their investment this summer, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Gunners and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 26-year-old has “no future” at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta.

Pepe has struggled for game time this season and has not started a Premier League match since October.

According to The Sun (25 April), Arsenal are willing to let the winger leave if they receive an offer in the region of £25million.

Such a deal would represent a £47million loss on the £72million paid by the London club to secure Pepe’s signature in August 2019.

His contract at the Emirates expires at the end of June 2024.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Pepe’s future, Campbell said: “Arsenal paid over the odds for him.

“It has just not worked out. It is that simple. He is a talented player, that’s for sure. But it has not worked out for him.

“You see the intensity and focus that Mikel Arteta wants the team to play with. I don’t think Pepe fits into that. He is a drifter. He will concentrate for a bit and then drift out again.

“I said just before Christmas it was a big few months coming up for Pepe. It was going to determine whether or not he had a future at Arsenal. Well, he doesn’t have a future at Arsenal.”

In other news, an expert has tipped Arsenal to sign Gabriel Jesus and another striker after journalist’s update.