Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe is ‘virtually certain’ to leave the club this summer if he signs Raphinha, according to the journalist Pete O’Rourke.
Pepe joined Arsenal for a club-record transfer fee in 2019 but has rarely seemed to live up to his price tag.
What’s going on at Arsenal?
The Gunners have set their sights on Leeds United’s Raphinha as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his front line ahead of next term.
Athletic reported that Arsenal made an official offer for the 25-year-old on Tuesday, but it was rejected by their Premier League rivals.
However, the same report states that they are still interested in the Brazilian, indicating that they are likely to return with an improved offer in the near future.
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What did O’Rourke say about Pepe’s future at Arsenal?
Raphinha tends to play on the right flank at Leeds, while Bukayo Saka also excelled in that position last season at Emirates Stadium.
Should Raphinha move to Arsenal, Pepe would be set to find himself as the only third-choice option on the right wing, and Arteta can also call on Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe on the opposite side, so it’s hard to see where Pepe would fit in. With that in mind, O’Rourke expects him to move on.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think it’s pretty certain that if they get a deal for Raphinha down the line, it’s probably going to be curtains for Nicolas Pepe. He just hasn’t hit the big time since his cash-rich arrival from Lille.
Did Pepe have enough chances at Arsenal?
Some fans may point out that Pepe only started five league games for Arsenal last season. Is that really enough for a player to have a huge impact?
In the previous campaign, the Ivorian scored 10 top-flight goals, and it looked like things were starting to settle down for him under Arteta.
Still, the 2021/22 season has certainly been a step backwards, and Arteta has brought him off the bench 15 times in the Premier League, providing him with opportunities to make a difference in the final stages of matches. Unfortunately for Pepe, he couldn’t make the most of his chances.
If he leaves this summer, the £140,000-a-week star will leave with a record 27 goals and 21 assists in 111 appearances for Arsenal.
On the face of it, those numbers aren’t dreadful by any means, but the North London outfit would still have expected more from their record signing, and that’s why it’s unlikely we’ll miss him if he decides to give it a shot. his luck. somewhere else.