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Arteta reveals Pepe plan for Arsenal
Pepe joined Arsenal from Lille for €79 million in 2019, which was Arsenal's record signing until the recent £105m (€121m) acquisition of Declan Rice from West Ham.
After a positive start to his Arsenal career, Pepe gradually fell behind academy crown jewel Bukayo Saka in the pecking order and was allowed to leave on loan to Nice last summer.
Although he hit six goals and an assist in 19 games back in Ligue 1, Nice decided not to make his loan deal permanent and Pepe arrive back in North London carrying a knee injury and with one year still to run on his contract.
Nicolas Pepe's debut season in the Premier League was better than Jadon Sancho's 👀 pic.twitter.com/7wsABp6HEQ
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Pepe on a free?
Although there are reports that Arsenal will consider releasing the winger on a free transfer this summer, Arteta insists that the player's injury is why he is not with the squad in the United Stated this summer.
"At the moment he's recovering from an injury, that's why he's not here," said the Spaniard. "He had a spell on loan and we wanted to get more from that loan spell. We'll have to see when he comes back, have a chat with him, understand what he plans are and make a decision."
Pepe is now valued at €10.8m by FootballTransfers' in-house algorithm. Leeds and Leicester were both credited with an interest in him last summer, but having been relegated, are perhaps unlikely to complete a move now.