The international break has pros and cons, most of which we’re all pretty aware of having been football fans for a long time. While we worry about Arsenal players sustaining injuries that could seriously harm their season, there’s also another side of the coin. That side is that players from within the squad are capable of giving themselves a much needed confidence boost heading back into the domestic game.
Nicolas Pepe should be given time to adapt to playing for Arsenal, according to former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
After failing to land Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this summer with two bids reportedly rejected for the Ivorian, the club moved on and signed Pepe from Lille for £72 million. Since the start of the season, the 24-year-old has played in every competitive game apart from the 5-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forrest in the Carabao Cup. His total at the moment stands at one goal and three assists from 10 games, eight in the Premier League (six starts), and two in the Europa League.
On 1 August 2019 it was announced that Nicolas Pépé would be joining Arsenal for a club record fee of £72 million, beating the previous record of £57 million held by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Pépé’s story is certainly one shared by many youngsters who dream of getting the chance of their lifetime and becoming accomplished and successful football players. In Pépé’s case, however, the dream is coming true. He will now play as a winger for the Gunners, wearing the shirt number 19.
Despite the early signs announcing a highly frustrating summer transfer window this year, the club have pulled up their socks just in time, abandoned to fruitless Wilfried Zaha chase and grabbed Nicolas Pepe of Lille ahead of a number of other suitors.
The financial details of the deal haven’t officially been disclosed, but a number of reports claim the fee the Gunners will be paying for the winger’s services amounts to £72 million. So much for the £45 million transfer budget stories.
As reported by Arsenal.com, star signing Nicolas Pepe has given fans a slice of what they can expect now that he has officially completed his move to the Emirates. The £72 million deal has certainly caused a stir within the club, and now, it’s time to see what he can do.
Nico, hello and welcome to Arsenal. How does it feel to be here?
Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me. I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.
The questions are always going to be there about what any given team is going to do in the transfer window, because let’s face it, this has become one of the most interesting times of the year to be a football fan (even though there aren’t actually any games going on right now). Despite all of the frustration that comes with that, though, you could certainly argue it is all worth it in the end when a big time transfer pays off.
There’s so much speculation in the world of Arsenal’s summer transfer window right now that it’s kind of hard to keep up. With the new season looming it has to be resolved sooner rather than later, and yet somehow, we feel like some of these issues are going to be lingering long after the transfer window actually comes to an end. As such, it’s time to sit back and have a think about one of the most crucial issues of them all right now: Wilfried Zaha.
We aren’t going to pretend like we know all of the behind the scenes details from the summer transfer window, because that isn’t even remotely close to being the truth. We know about as much as the average person could ever hope to, and we can only really base our thoughts and opinions off of what we see being released on a day to day basis.
The 2018/19 season is entering its final and most crucial stage, and Arsenal are locked in a battle to secure Champions League qualification for next season. They currently sit in fourth place, ahead of Chelsea on goal-difference, two points clear of Manchester United in sixth, and a point behind local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in third.
The success or failure in that contest is certain to have an impact on the class of players the club will be able to attract this summer, with every player worth his salt dreaming of playing in UEFA’s elite club competition.
While you all may be busy getting in the festive spirit, we can imagine that this title alone was probably enough to make you spit your mulled wine out of your mouth. That’s completely understandable and we wouldn’t even dream of judging you for that – but let’s be perfectly honest here, what we’re about to say follows a similar trend to pretty much every team in the current landscape of English football, and that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.