Arsenal should consider selling £72 million signing Nicolas Pepe if he doesn’t improve soon, according to former player Emmanuel Frimpong.
Pepe joined from Lille in August 2019 and became the club’s record signing in the process.
His time in North London has been shaped by criticism so far, despite glimpses of his natural talent.
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Frimpong believes the Ivorian has been ‘disappointing’ and that he doesn’t show the right attitude. Speaking recently, the former Gunner said: “When I look at Pepe, I don’t see any aggression and determination.
“When he makes a mistake, he smiles or laughs and for me, I find that frustrating.
“There was a lot of hype about Pepe coming to Arsenal and he’s been very disappointing.
“He’s another player I think needs to step up his game and if he doesn’t, we need to get him out and bring in other players to help push us up the table.”
Pepe has scored two goals in ten Premier League matches this campaign. He’s been more effective in the Europa League, where he’s scored three and assisted three in just six appearances.
He came under fire last month for being sent off in the 0-0 draw against Leeds United. Pepe seemingly head butted opponent Ezgjan Alioski, leaving his team vulnerable for the remainder of the match.
After the draw, boss Mikel Arteta said Pepe had ‘let the team down’.
It’s that kind of attitude which has prevented the 25-year-old from being an instant hit at the Emirates.
Pepe, alongside the rest of the team, needs to improve if Arsenal are to make it a successful season.
They’ve won just four of their first 14 league matches and have even been labelled as ‘relegation rivals’ by Sam Allardyce.
If the winger doesn’t improve soon, he risks being sold by the Arsenal hierarchy to make up transfer funds.