Robert Pires says Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe is 'not cut out' for English football
Arsenal legend, Robert Pires, believes £72m man Nicolas Pepe is not suited to the Premier League and lacks the qualities to deal with the demands of the English game.
Pires, who had huge success with the Gunners as part of The Invincibles team, pulled no punches in his assessment of Pepe.
The Frenchman believes Pepe is simply not cut out for the Premier League. In quotes taken from The Sun, Pires said:
“His game doesn’t suit the intensity and demands of the Premier League. Pepe wasn’t used to it and it has been complicated for him to change his mentality, to adapt to a new way of training and to settle in a tough league.
“I think he is simply not cut out for English football.”
Pepe has found himself in and out of the picture this season but he is still failing to live up the hopes Arsenal had for him when they signed him.
His £72m fee, plus reported wages of around £105k-a-week, would suggest that the Gunners should have a player delivering week in, week out. However, as Pires suggests, things have just not gone right for Pepe at the moment.
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Every so often Pepe will produce a moment of magic where you think he’s finally cracked it. Then a week later, he’ll go missing.
And that is the problem Arsenal have with Pepe. Inconsistency is such a common word in football but in the case of Pepe, it is so relevant.
The Gunners expected so much more when they signed him and Pires, in fairness, is not wrong with his blunt assessment here.
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