Marseille and Lyon were interested in signing Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe in the winter transfer market, but the Gunners kept the door closed on the Ivory Coast international’s departure.
The 26-year-old attacker is the most expensive player in the team but the former Lillie ace has been nothing short of a bit-part player in North London this season.
He hasn’t started a league match since October and featured in just three more games from the bench since then.
There are certainly question marks over Pep’s long-term future at the Emirates and clubs registered interest in the struggling player in the recently concluded transfer market.
According to French publication L’Equipe, Les Olympiens and Les Gones seriously considered landing the winger last month.
The two clubs declared an interest in Nicolas and were prepared to swoop for him if they were given any encouragement.
Pepe netted 22 times and picked up 11 assists in Ligue 1 in his last campaign at Les Dogues before moving to the English giants.
However, the Premier League side were never open to letting him go and kept the door shut on the star’s departure.
It has been stated that Mikel Arteta’s side are likely to consider selling the wide man in the summer if he doesn’t improve in the latter half of the term.