Arsenal Should NOT Have Spent £72m On Pepe – Aliadiere

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Nicolas Pepe must improve the simple parts of his game if he is to start living up to his £72 million ($87m) price tag.

That is the view of former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere, who believes the winger has yet to show why the north London giants paid a club-record fee to sign him from Lille last summer.

Prior to football’s coronavirus-enforced suspension, Pepe had scored six goals and provided eight assists during his debut season in England.

Pepe’s patchy performances have led to plenty of criticism, with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport even labelling him one of Europe’s four biggest flops of the season so far.

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Aliadiere – who spent eight years at Arsenal between 1999 and 2007 – believes that’s an unfair assessment but he acknowledged that the 24-year-old needs to start proving his worth.

“I saw what he did with Lille last season and he is an amazing player,” Aliadiere told Goal. “So, I’m not denying his talent.

“What I’m seeing, though, is the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history and even if you don’t want to think about the money, the fact is that money is, unfortunately, a big thing in football.

“And when you spend that much money on a player, you expect more goals and you expect more assists.”

“If you look at his stats, I would say he has had an alright season.

“Now, obviously it is not easy, as I know having been there, but the thing that has disappointed me a tiny bit is his decision-making during games.

“For a player who cost £72m, it’s the simple parts of the game that sometimes I see him lacking. And that’s what I pick on a bit.

“Yes, he goes on a good dribble and goes through two or three players – that’s amazing. But when you have (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang on your left and all you have to do is pass the ball in the right spot, and instead cut it back at the wrong time, that bothers me. And I’ve seen that quite a lot from him this season.

“Maybe with confidence, with more games, that will improve. But it’s that sort of thing – when he switches off and seems to lack concentration – that gets to me.

“That is something you can’t really have with top, top players who come for that sort of money. The easy stuff has got to be done properly.”

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