Report: Arteta to hold talks with £140,000-a-week Arsenal player, he's not happy with the boss
The Gunners winger appears to have become surplus to Mikel Arteta’s requirements at the Emirates.
Pepe, who cost Arsenal a club-record £72million in 2019, hasn’t started a Premier League game since October.
He has just 900 minutes of competitive football under his belt for the Gunners this season.
And in Arsenal’s recent big wins over Chelsea and Manchester United, Pepe didn’t even come off the bench.
This summer, there’s a good chance the Gunners will bolster their attacking ranks further.
Arsenal need at least one new centre-forward, but have also been linked with players who can feature on the links.
This would push Pepe even further down the pecking order.
“The coach knows what I think”
Earlier this week, The Sun reported that Arsenal were planning to listen to offers for the 26-year-old.
The Gunners have apparently resigned themselves to making a big loss on their record signing.
Likewise, the £140,000-a-week player is getting increasingly frustrated with his lack of game time.
“It is frustrating not to play,” Pepe said back in March while on international duty with Ivory Coast.
“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 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.”
Arsenal will have surely been realistic for some time about the likelihood of receiving a decent fee for Pepe.
He has shown glimpses of his ‘outstanding‘ quality. But this summer looks to be a crucial one for Pepe and Arsenal.
Pepe will have two years left on his contract. So the Gunners may be wary of letting his deal run down any further before they cash in.
Much may depend on the offers the Gunners receive for Pepe. But it is hard not to think that this summer may see the two parties go their separate ways.
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