Arsenal still has work to do if they want to raise funds for their star attacker Nicolas Pepe…
Signing a player for an extortionate amount is bound to get fans on their feet, but it’s also bound to give the board sleepless nights. Even at Arsenal, the board does show some signs of caring about the club, and one of those was when they broke the bank for Nicolas Pepe last summer.
The Ivorian international has played under both Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta and it doesn’t take a genius to tell you which manager he looks better under. Indeed, he has shown a marked improvement under Arteta and he is predicted a more positive season next time around.
Or at least that’s what fans, and indeed the board, will be hoping. For it’s been revealed that there is still work to be done in order to pay off his instalments. According to The Sun, the Gunners could be forced to sell up to six players in order to fund his remaining fee.
Now, this shouldn’t come as a shock to fans. It was always bound to be the case because last summer Arsenal wasn’t in the best position to sign a player of that magnitude anyway. It’s a risk they took, and they now must pay the inevitable price.
The good news is, though, that there are plenty of players that were in the firing line anyway. This summer was bound to be about disposing of the deadwood and building for the future.
There are the obvious names that spring to mind, with both Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan being linked with moves away this week. But there are also the forgotten names, such as Mohamed Elneny, who really have no place in the squad anyway. You have to be cruel to be kind, so by selling these players, Arsenal will have a much greater future.
Who do you think the Gunners should sell this summer?