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Three Premier League clubs are interested in taking Nicolas Pepe on loan in the January transfer window, according to a report.
Newcastle United, Everton, and Crystal Palace are all reportedly interested in the 26-year-old.
None of the three are considering a permanent transfer upfront, but they all want a loan with an option to buy.
According to Jeunes Footeux, Pepe’s form will give Arsenal “no other choice” but to accept a loan.
Personally, I think this is all a bit over the top. Even if Pepe has lost his starting spot, he’s still a regular on the pitch, making nine appearances so far this season, scoring once and assisting three times.
We’re not at the stage where Arsenal would be forced to accept any offers for the player. I’m not even convinced Arteta would want Pepe to leave in January.
The fixtures only get more important in the second half of the campaign, you don’t want to go into them without a strong backup in most positions.
If Pepe’s gone, I’m not sure Arsenal have a good alternative to Bukayo Saka anymore. Gabriel Martinelli would probably end up filling in, but he’s better on the left.
Even when Pepe is in shaky form, as he has been lately, he still brings some goals and assists. That’s not too common in the current squad.
My feeling is that Arsenal won’t make a move on Pepe’s future until the summer, when they can shop for replacements if necessary.