Nicolas Pepe has hinted he could quit Arsenal this summer’s transfer window following a ‘tough’ and ‘frustrating’ campaign at the Emirates.

Pepe, who the Gunners signed from Lille for £72 million three years ago, has only started five Premier League matches this season.

Much was expected of the Ivorian star when he arrived in England, but Pepe has largely underwhelmed and fallen behind the likes of Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli in Mikel Arteta’s pecking order.

Nicolas thinks the language barrier has contributed to his ‘frustrating’ term at the Premier League outfit and said ‘we will see what happens’ when quizzed about his future at the capital outfit.

‘I am focused on how well we do until the end of the season and the club’s target, which is getting into the Champions League. Then we will see what happens,’ the 26-year-old forward said.

‘Mikel Arteta has explained that to me and the coach knows what I think and how hard I’m working.


‘It is also about communication. Sometimes it’s not easy to communicate with the language barrier. It has been a tough season for me.

‘Of course, it is frustrating not to play. No player enjoys not playing but I have to respect the coach’s decision and the team is doing well at the moment.’