Arsenal are believed to be interested in signing a new striker during this upcoming window. However, Arteta’s comments on Pepe’s absence from the squad only make things more uncertain.
Mikel Arteta’s warning to Nicolas Pepe is an indication that Arsenal will need to bolster their roster of forwards during the next transfer window.
Arsenal may be in the midst of a successful season under Arteta, but they have been struggling when it comes to finding the back of the net this season.
The Gunners have only netted 18 goals, which is less than Watford in 17th place just above the relegation zone.
Lacazette started in Arsenal’s loss to Everton on Monday night, but he met with the same trouble as Aubameyang when trying to get involved. The Gunners were unable to beat Rafa Benitez side and lost 2-1.
In 14 games so far, Arsenal have only managed to take 10 or fewer shots six times this season.
Lacazette was forced to drop deep into his own territory midway through the first half in order to receive the ball. He received just seven passes. Of these, only one pass reached into Everton’s final third.
The Gunners missed out on the chance of adding some new flair to their offense after Nicolas Pepe was unexpectedly left out of their matchday squad.
The 72 million pound signing from Lille has yet to fulfil the massive expectations expected from him since making his big money move over to Emirates.
Pepe, however, this season has found it even harder to get into Mikel Arteta’s team and has been on the bench for a number of games.
Eddie Nketiah, who has expressed his desire to leave the Emirates Stadium after not getting enough playing time with Arsenal, has been preferred to Pepe by manager Arteta in recent weeks.
In his post match conference, Arteta revealed the reason why he decided to bring Nketiah on at this vital point in the game was because he has been good in training.
“Because I decided to play Eddie today. He created three chances and hit the post once in 25 minutes I think.” He said.
“He does every day in training what you see him do here. Every single day. That’s why I picked him.” Arteta added.
Meanwhile, Pepe’s reaction to Nketiah’s being subbed on may possibly be a warning to Mikel Arteta.
The Ivorian is likely looking elsewhere for a chance to revive his career if he’s not given the opportunity to prove himself again.
In light of the ongoing dialogue between Arsenal and Juventus for dejan kulusevski. Pepe remains ambivalent about his future. Without a clear indication of what the future holds, he could be on the move sooner rather than later.