Arsenal boss Arteta hints at deal to Pepe . to replace

Mikel Arteta said on Friday Arsenal could sign a replacement for Nicolas Pepe after the Ivory Coast forward left Premier League leaders to join Nice.

Pepe’s loan spell to Ligue 1 has increased the chances of Arsenal taking another step in the transfer market before the summer period closes on September 1.

Arsenal have been linked with a transfer for Wolves winger Pedro Neto and Arteta admitted he could adjust his transfer philosophy after prioritizing early deals for Manchester City duo Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko at the start of the window.

“We did it in a different way. At the beginning of the window, we signed players before we took other players out,” Arteta told reporters.

“Now we’ve done something different, we let a player go and maybe we can recruit someone.

“But it’s not a guarantee, because the players are still not there. What I guarantee is the day the window closes, for me this is the best team in the world and I will try to get the best out of them, that’s all.”

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Arsenal are the only club to have a perfect start to the Premier League season with three consecutive wins.

They host Fulham on Saturday and are looking to consolidate their surprising position at the top of the table.

Pepe’s departure removes one distraction after Arsenal’s club record of £72million failed to live up to the hefty price tag following his 2019 move from Lille.

Arteta praised Pepe’s attitude during his struggles but admitted the loan spell was the best for a player who scored 27 goals in 111 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal.

“I think Nico has tried to deal with that in the best possible way, he is not responsible for the price a club pays for him,” said Arteta.

“He’s tried everything, his attitude is just phenomenal. You just have to meet the person because you just love him the way he is.

“It’s been three years now and he had some very good moments, others where he didn’t really contribute much in terms of minutes.

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“We decided before every match that it was the best decision to let him go. He has to play for minutes, he has to play football. He was really adamant about doing that and we decided it would be best for everyone to do it.” to do.”

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