As the Arsenal manager responds to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Chelsea transfer rumors, Mikel Arteta clarifies Nicolas Pepe’s situation and guarantees there won’t be a replacement for the “phenomenal” winger.

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Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has provided an explanation for Nicolas Pepe’s loan to Nice.

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The record-breaking Gunners acquisition has switched to the Ligue 1 squad for the balance of the 2022–23 season.

The Ivory Coast forward, who cost £72 million to sign with Arsenal in 2019, has largely disappointed, scoring 16 Premier League goals in 80 appearances.

Under Arteta, the 27-year-old was demoted, but the Gunners manager still appreciates the winger’s attitude.

“I believe Nico has tried to deal with that [the price tag] in the best possible way, he is not accountable for the cost a club pays for him,” Arteta said.

“He has tried everything; he is just phenomenal in his attitude and manner. You simply have to get to know the person because you adore him just as he is.

However, we made other choices when it came to choosing who to start with on the field, which undoubtedly affected his chances to demonstrate his talent.

“It’s been three years and he had some very good moments, some others where he hasn’t really contributed much in terms of minutes.

The Ivory Coast forward, who cost £72 million to sign with Arsenal in 2019, has largely disappointed, scoring 16 Premier League goals in 80 appearances.

Under Arteta, the 27-year-old was demoted, but the Gunners manager still appreciates the winger’s attitude.

“I believe Nico has tried to deal with that [the price tag] in the best possible way, he is not accountable for the cost a club pays for him,” Arteta said.

“He has tried everything; he is just phenomenal in his attitude and manner. You simply have to get to know the person because you adore him just as he is.

However, we made other choices when it came to choosing who to start with on the field, which undoubtedly affected his chances to demonstrate his talent.

“We determined that letting him go was the best course of action for all parties. He must play football and earn playing time. We decided that it would be best for everyone to do it because he was so insistent on doing it.

He has been requesting minutes and talking to me frequently about it, but I was unable to provide what he was seeking at this time.

We came to the conclusion that was the best course of action for all parties because, at some point, if you prolong that period for too long, frustration sets in and the level of performance won’t reach what we want.
Arsenal, in Arteta’s opinion, are already well-stocked up front, so he won’t commit to finding Pepe a replacement this summer.


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