Arsenal are planning to hold talks with Nicolas Pepe at the end of the season, before making a decision on his future with the club.

Nicolas Pepe dedicating his celebration to his new-born baby (Photo via Pepe on Instagram)
Nicolas Pepe dedicating his celebration to his new-born baby (Photo via Pepe on Instagram)

The Evening Standard report that Arsenal will hold talks with Nicolas Pepe over his future at the end of the season.

The winger will have two years left on his contract, and competition for places is set to increase with the club’s planned new signings this summer.

This follow reports from the tabloids claiming Arsenal are ready to hear offers for Pepe this summer, and they’re resigned to taking a significant financial hit on what they paid for him.

The Gunners brought Pepe in for a £72m fee, but The S*n claim they’re prepared to let him leave for £25m in the upcoming window.

The player himself would reportedly welcome a move to one of the other major European leagues.

But the Standard’s report suggests Arsenal haven’t yet made a final decision, and we’ll have to wait for the end of next month before we’re likely to get one.

Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates with Nicolas Pepe (R) after his shot deflects off Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa (not pictured) for Arsenal's late winning goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 24, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates with Nicolas Pepe (R) after his shot deflects off Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa (not pictured) for Arsenal’s late winning goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 24, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Pepe has played 20 games for Arsenal this season, but he’s only started eight of them.

The 26-year-old’s return in those matches is actually pretty good, scoring three and assisting five – one goal contribution every 113 minutes.

But that’s with the help of League Cup games including against the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland. In the league, Pepe has just the two goal contributions, against Wolves and Norwich City.

They were two very important contributions, the difference between a draw and a win on both occasions.

It just hasn’t been enough to displace the excellent Bukayo Saka from the starting lineup.

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