PL pair set to launch loan for Arsenal striker

Noel Whelan has claimed Newcastle and Everton could look to sign Nicolas Pepe on loan in January, despite Arsenal missing £ 25million for his signing.

The Ivorian international has failed to show the level of consistency he would have liked after spending record club fees to recruit him from Lille in the summer of 2019.

Pepe now finds himself behind a slew of players in the pecking order, with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe having earned their places in wide roles in a 4-4-2 system of late, and according to Football London, Arsenal are now has claimed to be prepared to allow him to leave for £ 25million.

Noel Whelan says clubs should look to secure a loan deal with the Gunners, however, before making the decision to make his move more permanent.

“I think if you want to try your luck on Nicolas Pepe, we know there is a player there. We know there is a skillful winger in him, ”Whelan told the FootballInsider.

“A loan move is the safest move you can make. You have to make sure you have a player, you see how he sets up and you see his performance.

“Only then can you judge him by the fact that you want to spend £ 25million. Right now Arsenal are offloading him or wanting to offload him for a reason. Because he doesn’t have it. made.

“This is the reason why players bought for a lot of money are then loaned or sold very soon after. Because they just didn’t do it for the club that spent the money.

“For Newcastle and the likes of Everton, to give him the opportunity, to give them that second cherry bite in the Premier League, the loan is the safest move down.

“You are not wasting money. All you pay is a percentage of the salary. Then, at the end of the season, you can assess the situation. ”

I find it hard to believe we would go for such a deal to be honest. Pepe’s departure would mean we need to invest in the transfer market, or promote the youth teams, and unless there is a strong belief in them, a loan transfer just doesn’t make sense. in January.

There’s also the fact that Pepe has apparently played his best football in the last few months of the campaign since joining the club, and a solid end to the season may well be needed if we are to finish in the top four, while there is always the risk of losing players over the season.

Do you think Arsenal would consider allowing Pepe to go on loan in January?


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