“I can’t see the potential in him that I saw before, so he’s out of my future plans at this point.”Before the end of the international break, Arteta reportedly urged Edu to trade away another underachieving Arsenal player.
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano claims that Arsenal’s star player has signed a short-term contract with Turkish club Trabzonspor.
The 28-year-old returned to north London earlier this summer after spending last season on loan at Ligue 1 club OGC Nice.
It soon became apparent, however, that Mikel Arteta had no plans to include the Ivory Coast international in his 2023–24 roster, and he is now rumored to be close to finalizing a move to Trabzonspor after passing a medical at his new club on Friday.
Romano posted the following to X (previously Twitter): “Nicolas Pépé to Trabzonspor. Exams and labs on the morning of Friday.
Contract duration is just till June 2024. An important player is leaving tonight. Okay, so this is official.
Spotrac estimates that Pepe earned £7.28 million annually while playing for the Gunners, so their salary savings will be substantial. The sporting director of Arsenal, Edu, has previously made no secret of his goal to have a sustainable salary structure, therefore he will be glad to reduce the wage cost.
Last year, Edu was quoted as saying, “If a guy is performing and has a big salary, that’s not a problem.” “He’s killing you when he’s 26 or older, making a lot of money, and not performing.
“You don’t have a valuation to sell the player, the player is content (Playing for Arsenal in London, where life is wonderful) and making a solid living wage. How many players in the past possessed skills like that? Eighty percent of the team.
Don’t let the issue in the locker room drag on for another year if at all possible. Remove it. Even if it costs you something every now and again because that guy is blocking.