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Nicolas Pepe embodies the failure of Arsenal’s great £175m gamble

The key question now’s whether or not the similar might be true of Pepe. The 27-year-old has two years remaining on his present deal, so there may be theoretically some worth for Arsenal to extract, however his wages current a well-recognized downside. Pepe is believed to earn round £140,000 per week in north London, and it’s onerous to see many patrons being prepared or capable of match that wage.

Post-Covid, there merely just isn’t a lot money to spend in the European market. There isn’t any scarcity of money in the Premier League, of course, however Arsenal have spent a lot of the previous few years attempting to promote to the continent, and consequently they’ve persistently struggled to generate important charges for his or her gamers. 

Only the gamers they’ve bought to English groups (Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa and Joe Willock to Newcastle United, for instance) have supplied hefty switch charges in current seasons. Others have been loaned out to Europe as a substitute, generally with comparatively low option-to-buy agreements, whereas some gamers have merely had their contracts terminated.

Arsenal don’t must promote gamers with the intention to recruit new faces this summer season, with the membership prepared to speculate regardless of their failure to qualify for the Champions League. Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans stay prime targets. It will surely assist, although, if they might increase some money for Pepe and take away him from the wage invoice.

It is feasible that Pepe may depart on mortgage, in the hope {that a} profitable season elsewhere would possibly immediate one other membership to purchase him subsequent summer season. At this early stage of the window, that appears a probable situation. Such an method would take him into the closing year of his deal at Arsenal, nonetheless, and will current issues subsequent summer season if he doesn’t carry out properly.

It is a fragile state of affairs, and the type of concern that Arsenal have routinely mishandled lately — as evidenced by the departures of each Aubameyang and Lacazette. Pepe is the final man standing of that much-hyped trio, and the most disappointing of the three. 

If Arsenal can discover a strategy to successfully rid themselves of him in the coming weeks, it’ll signify the official finish of the earlier period. Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette: the entrance three that by no means actually was, and the ahead line that by no means justified the enormous funding. 

The file signings of 2017, 2018 and 2019 don’t have any place at the membership in 2022, which says all of it about that interval of Arsenal’s current historical past and the classes that should be realized as they proceed to rebuild below Arteta’s watch.

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