Jamie Carragher doesn’t believe Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe will ever be good enough to make it at the Emirates Stadium, he told Monday Night Football last night.
The Ivorian speed demon was handed a start as the Gunners were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool at the weekend; with Carragher seemingly unimpressed with his showing.
Pepe has scored eight goals and claimed four assists in all competitions this season, with five of his strikes coming in the Premier League.
It’s fair to say that the weight of expectation following a £72 million move from Lille has so far proved a weight on the shoulders of the Arsenal man.
Carragher isn’t convinced he’ll ever prove himself to the club, stating that he lacks the required quality.
He told Monday Night Football: “Nicolas Pepe, the thing with him is not so much his age, he’s just not good enough and he’s never going to be good enough either.
“Arsenal need to cut their losses there.”
Carragher’s comments might seem harsh on the face of things but he perhaps has got a point.
For the money which Arsenal paid they would have expected a far greater return on their investment than 16 goals and 14 assists from 78 appearances.
TBR View: Arsenal facing a big decision over Pepe
Mikel Arteta will be desperate to have a strong season during 2021/22 and knows his team needs consistency.
The club will undoubtedly enter the transfer market once again but the challenge could be trying to move players on.
Paid £100,000-a-week by the Gunners, Pepe isn’t going to come cheap.
It seems almost certain that they will have to take a significant hit on his purchase too – if they do decide to place him available for transfer.
Arteta could choose to continue working with Pepe in a desperate attempt to get a tune out of him in the future.
In two years, however, he has shown very little to suggest he has the required quality to ever be a truly decent Premier League player.
As a result, it could be the best idea for all parties to try and move him on in the summer.