Spain suggested as Arsenal attacker linked with loan exit after Aubameyang update

Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli Arsenal

Nicolas Pepe could be the next player to be part of an Arsenal exodus if an offer arrives before the transfer deadline, a report has revealed.

Arsenal could be busy in the final hours of deadline day. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in Barcelona ahead of a possible loan to the La Liga outfit, which admittedly now looks difficult. Any deal could have prompted the Gunners to scramble for a replacement.

But they have been focusing more on departures than signings in general this month. Despite concerns over a lack of squad depth, they have been shifting players who either don’t want to be at the club any more, or whom they are not happy with themselves.

According to 90min, there remains a chance that Nicolas Pepe could head out the exit door at the Emirates Stadium.

It is claimed that Arsenal are willing to sanction a loan exit for their record signing. There is confidence that his next destination could be in Spain, although the potential takers are not identified.

Pepe also has suitors in France and Germany, but the La Liga route seems to be the most viable.

The 26-year-old has only started five Premier League matches so far this season. He has only contributed one assist.

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After some time away at the African Cup of Nations, it remains to be seen what role Pepe will have at Arsenal upon his return. There is a chance he may have played his last game for them this season.

The closer the deadline gets, though, the less likely an exit would seem. It would leave the Ivorian with some work to do to get back in Mikel Arteta’s plans.

The former Lille star is still under contract in north London until 2024, but would be open to an earlier exit.

Arsenal advised to get what they can for Nicolas Pepe

Nicolas Pepe celebrates scoring for Arsenal

It cost Arsenal £72m to sign Pepe back in 2019. Despite some flashes of his quality, he has not been able to justify the price tag.

A loan exit now seems possible, but Arsenal were told last month they should take a loss on the forward just to get him off the books.

Pundit Paul Merson picked apart Pepe’s inconsistency, advising his former club:

“In my opinion, I think he would go and move on if he could. He just hasn’t been consistent enough. The ones in front of him have been consistent.

“He can be an 8/10 or a 4/10. As a manager you just want someone who’ll be a steady seven, seven and a half.

“Years ago, when you got bought for a lorry load of money, the pressure was on. In this day and age, you can flop and no one says a word.

“Managers would lose their jobs on a big signing, that doesn’t happen anymore.

“They’ll probably sell him for 20-30m and lose 30-40m on him, and no one will say a dickie bird.

“It’s all about attitude. You’re playing at Arsenal, that pitch is mustard.”

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