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Nicolas Pepe weighs Arsenal transfer outcome after talks with Mikel Arteta

Nicolas Pepe has not started a Premier League game under manager Mikel Arteta since mid-October and is ready to leave Arsenal in search of regular minutes

Nicolas Pepe has provided an honest update on his future
Nicolas Pepe has provided an honest update on his future

arsenal winger Nicholas Pepe has admitted he will weigh his options at the end of the season after discussions with Mikel Arteta about his “frustrating” predicament.

Pepe, 26, became the Gunners’ record signing when he completed a £72m transfer from Lille in 2019, but his overall impact in the Emirates has been small. He only made five First League starts this season with one goal and one assist as Arteta seems to favor players like Arteta Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on the flanks.

However, the Ivory Coast International sent a timely reminder of its quality with a nice goal against world champion France last Friday and is ready to start against England in another friendly on Tuesday. Pepe clearly feels he has a lot to offer at club level and will take stock of his situation this summer. Until then, he still has two years of contract.

On Monday, he said: “My focus is on how well we are doing by the end of the season and on the club’s goal of going into the season Champions League. Then we’ll see what happens.

“Mikel Arteta explained that to me and the coach knows what I’m thinking and how hard I work. It’s also about communication. Sometimes it’s not easy to communicate with the language barrier. It’s been a tough season for me. Of course it’s frustrating not to play, no player likes not to play but I have to respect the manager’s decision and the team is fine at the moment.

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Nicolas Pepe scored a brilliant goal in the 2-1 defeat by France
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“I’ve improved since I came to London and English football is totally different from French football, especially the intensity of the games and I’ve had to adapt physically and make that transition, which I think I’ve made. ” Pepe’s frustrations in north London are shared by Ivory Coast manager Patrice Beaumelle, who is dying to see him start more often.

He said: “When I see Nico on the bench it hurts him because he loves to play and it hurts me because I need my players on the pitch for club games. I want him to play more, I’m sure he can bring a lot of solutions. If you see what he brings to Ivory Coast I would love to see him bring so much fun and joy and happiness and goals with the red jersey.

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