The player in question is Nicolas Pepe, who joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 from French outfit Lille. The Gunners paid a club-record £72m to bring the Ivorian to north London. And though a player, of course, has no control over his price tag, to say that Pepe has since failed to come anywhere close to justifying such a fee would be putting it lightly.
Pepe had a bright end to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, which saw him net five times in his last three league outings of the season.
However, he has since struggled to emulate that form. He scored just one goal and provided two assists in 20 league outings across 2021/22 before being shipped off on loan in 2022/23.
Now, according to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal could be ready to terminate Pepe’s contract in order to facilitate an exit.
This news comes after a lack of strong transfer interest in the winger, with Arsenal seemingly happy to just get his wages off the books despite not receiving any transfer fee.
Arsenal are also somewhat lacking for depth on the right wing, but if the north Londoners are willing to terminate Pepe’s deal despite the fact he could cover for Saka, Mikel Arteta is clearly not a fan.