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Obviously anyone can be a genius in the transfer market if he does it in hindsight, but time has told us that Nicolas Pepe was not worth the money that Arsenal paid for him.
It is believed that they made him his club record signing for a fee of around £ 72 million, but it made sense at the time he was lighting up Ligue 1 and playing brilliantly for Lille.
Something has not gone quite right at Arsenal and it is unclear if they lack confidence or even low skill at this level, but a grand total of seven goals and six assists in 42 Premier League games is not enough.
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When Arsenal signed Pepe, there was also a lot of talk about Wilfried Zaha’s arrival from Crystal Palace; It probably would have cost a similar amount, but it has done more in the Premier League to suggest it would have been a game changer. Arsenal need.
We may never know how Zaha would perform at an elite club, but it is clear that he was interested in moving to Arsenal at the time:
Emery was like we didn’t have to go through much. He said he saw me play, he knows I can switch games at any time and things like that. The conversation was quite direct, he saw what I could do, he saw my work rate and what I could add to the team. “
– Z (@ZRAFC) January 7, 2021
In the same time frame, Zaha has managed to score 12 goals and provided seven assists, making him more productive at an inferior team, so Arsenal fans may wonder if the club really made the right decision here.