Tony Cascarino has claimed that he was left ‘wowed’ by Arsenal paying a ‘huge fee’ for Nicolas Pepe, as he told talkSPORT (07/09/21 at 12:55 pm).
The former striker thinks towards the back end of last season, Pepe was showcasing that he was ‘on the way forward’ in Arsenal colours.
It has been two years since the Gunners, then managed by Unai Emery, secured Pepe’s talents from Lille for £72 million (BBC Sport).
For large parts, it has been a struggle for the left-footed wideman, who has struggled to find that consistency in North London.
Former Marseille hitman Cascarino shared that he watched Pepe ‘a lot’ when he was playing in France and he was left surprised that the club put so much money on the table for his talents.
“He showed at the end of last season that there was something about him,” said Cascarino. “He looked like he was on the way forward.
“I saw a lot of him at Lille and when they paid £70 odd million, I was like ‘wow, that was a big price. That is a huge fee’.
“Obviously, playing Norwich up next, and if the unthinkable happens and they got beat, what do you think Monday morning is going to be like? And the reaction to that?
“But that seems unlikely because I think they will beat Norwich. However, if they didn’t and came off a defeat then it’s going to be dramatic and feel like it’s is carnage everywhere in the Emirates.”
As things stand, Pepe’s signing is one that just hasn’t worked out and the forthcoming signs are worrying.
Arsenal’s current situation, where they are sitting bottom of the Premier League table, isn’t helping anyone’s cause.
There has been a lot of chopping and changing around Pepe since the first ball was kicked against Brentford and it seems as though more changes will be made for the Norwich clash.
In truth, if Mikel Arteta is to get out of this current mess then it’s players like Pepe and Bukayo Saka, who are going to do have to do the damage in the final third.