Kevin Campbell has claimed that Arsenal’s star recent Instagram message about him ‘working hard’ is ‘too late’ now and he thinks the Arsenal winger needs to be sold this summer, as he told the Highbury Squad.


The 27-year-old has changed agents and recently posted on social media that he is ‘determined’ to make things work next season, but Campbell is having none of it and thinks he has to leave.

There have been suggestions that Arsenal are ready to part ways with their club-record transfer, with Newcastle United being one team showcasing interest in the player.

It just hasn’t worked out for Pepe in north London, with Hale-End star, Bukayo Saka, steaming ahead of his teammate on that right-hand side in recent seasons.

That was touched upon by Campbell and how Saka has ‘run away’ with that spot, as he reacted to his latest IG post and change of agents.

“I have always said the talent level, it can’t be questioned,” said Campbell. “We know Pepe is a talented player. But you know what is the big problem?

“How all of a sudden is it that he is different now because he has changed agents? You play for Arsenal. Your attitude and everything should be right from day one.

“This is the problem. This is why these players have to leave. I think he’s got to go. No disrespect, we have seen him influence some games last season and the season before, but the attitude is the one that gets questioned all the time.

“That’s why Saka has run away with that position – Pepe said ‘I will pull my socks up now’. It’s too late. We shouldn’t be hearing that at Arsenal.”


The issue Arsenal face with Pepe is the stupid amount of money they have paid for him and how they aren’t even getting 15% of that back.

Given the rumours of other Premier League teams being keen on Pepe, he should count his lucky stars because it’s not like he has done anything of remote over a consistent basis.

There have been spells here and there, including when Mikel Arteta guided the Gunners to the FA Cup, but in truth, he will go down as one of the Premier League’s worst-ever transfers.

A loan deal abroad would be the better option for Pepe – a possible return to France like Alexandre Lacazette – because what has happened over the years hasn’t exactly put him in a good light.

In terms of the player being determined to turn things around, all of that is great to see and proves that he’s not giving up, but when the signs are clear, then the signs are clear.