Arsenal ‘prepared to let’ attacker leave – Club ‘confident’ of sealing deal

Date published: Monday 31st January 2022 3:03 - Lewis Oldham

Arsenal winger Pepe

According to reports, Arsenal are ‘prepared to let’ Nicolas Pepe leave on loan before the transfer window closes.

The winger joined the Gunners ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. This came after he enjoyed two brilliant seasons in Ligue 1 with Lille.

During the 2018/19 season, he was involved in 33 goals from his 38 appearances in the French top flight.

Arsenal remain all process and no plan on transfer deadline day

Arsenal broke their club-record transfer fee to sign Pepe for around £72m. He has not been unable to live up to expectations so far.

The 26-year-old has only played nine times in the Premier League this term and he has provided one assist.

90min are reporting that Arsenal are ‘prepared to let’ Pepe leave the club on loan. A permanent deal is unlikely as his contract does not expire until 2024.

Their report adds that a Spanish side are ‘confident of agreeing a deal’ for Pepe. Teams from Germany and France are also interested in him.

Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks likely to join Barcelona before the transfer window shuts.

Speaking last week, Ray Parlour encouraged his former club to keep Aubameyang:

“Of course they need him. But you’ve also got to show your dominance as a manager and say you can’t be doing stuff – especially when you have a young team.

“As a captain you’ve got to set a good example, which is very important.

“I’d look up to Tony Adams back in the day and he set the example – and not by going to the pub by the way – but by being on time and making sure when you wear that shirt you play for the team.

“Stuff like that you learn as you go along.

“But the young players will look at that and see he’s turning up late and not doing this and will be thinking; ‘Can we do that as well?’

“It’s not a good look for Arsenal Football Club.

“Arteta’s come down strong on him and now it’s all about the reaction, for me. I’d give him another chance because he’s that good and can score you goals.”

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