Arsenal £72m forward set to open talks with club board about his future

By | May 23, 2022

Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe is ready for talks with the club at the end of the campaign as both sides attempt to settle his Emirates future.

Since joining from Lille three seasons ago for a club-record £72 million sum, the 26-year-old has failed to live up to the billing at the club and, this term has fallen out-of-favour with boss Mikel Arteta, featuring in just 17 Premier League matches.

The Ivory Coast international has just two years left on his deal and, according to The Evening Standard, could depart the London outfit with the hierarchy planning further incomings in the summer.

In spite of spending over £150 million last year on the likes of Aaron Ramsdale nad Martin Odegaard, the Spanish boss reportedly wants to bring in two forwards when the transfer market opens which could see the former Les Dogues ace’s opportunities lessen even further.

Speaking a few weeks ago, the wide man divulged his unhappiness at a lack of game time this season.

Nicolas said: ‘The most important thing is to enjoy your football. That is something I am able to do when I get the chance to play.

‘It is happening at international level and a bit less so at club level. It is frustrating not to play. No player enjoys not playing but I have to respect the coach’s decision.

‘When a team is winning it is hard for a coach to make changes. Mikel has explained that to me and I know I have to work hard in training to get more playing time.

‘The coach knows what I think and how hard I am working. It is also about communication. Sometimes it is not easy to communicate with the language barrier. It has been a tough season for me.’