Ornstein: Arsenal agree €80 million deal for Pepe

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According to the BBC’s David Ornstein, Arsenal have reached an agreement with Lille for Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe.

The deal is said to be worth €80 million and will be paid in instalments over the next five years.

Negotiations with his representatives, who have also been courted by Napoli, appear to be ongoing, but things are progressing quickly and the player could sign in the coming days.

We’ll hold our hands up and admit we were suspicious of this story when it first raised its head two weeks ago. 

The 24-year-old ended last season with impressive numbers in Ligue 1, scoring 22 goals (second only to Kylian Mbappe) and making 11 assists in 38 appearances.

His performances helped Lille to finish second in the table and caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including champions Paris Saint Germain.

Arsenal have spent the summer courting numerous wingers, including Pepe’s compatriot Wilfried Zaha. A bid of £40 million was rejected out of hand by Crystal Palace who wanted double that amount with a big chunk upfront.

It’s interesting that we’ve found a way to structure a club-record fee for Pepe that’s also to Lille’s liking. There doesn’t look to be any suggestion that we’ll be chucking a player in as a makeweight.

Let’s see what happens in the next 48 hours.

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Giroulski
Giroulski

I’m not seeing it with Nicolas Pepe. Think he’s too clumsy and doesn’t seem to have a footballing brain beyond finishing. Hope I’m proven wrong.

Giroulski
Giroulski

Sorry but I think people are more excited that we’re spending 80m than that we’re signing Pepe.

I hope I’m wrong, and I’ll support him wholeheartedly, I just don’t see it with him.

Lovemore

Yes you must be very wrong Giroulski because Pepe is an accomplished player one of the hottest in world football right now. Hes passes accurately and can bit anyone on one on one and he scores. What else do you want and above all he is a team player. I hope you are not being malicious on Pepe.

Basswielder
Basswielder

He’s phenomenal. Hope the likes of Saka & Nelson can grow to be a better player training alongside him. And best of all its a structured payment over 5years. Love it!

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

No ambition! We care, you don’t! Bargain bin shoppers! No investment in team!

£72m bid for Pepe?

He’s useless! Terrible from the club! Bad move!

(You crack me up, Giroulski. Seriously!)

Giroulski
Giroulski

You are putting a lot of words into my mouth there.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

But I capture the sentiment!

Please don’t eat my head.

Giroulski
Giroulski

No, you took every negative thing said across a whole fanbase and distilled it down into one person so you could give them the appearance of hypocrisy.

Aman
Aman

Well you are still being negative. So pipe down. Dont know what more do you expect in life.

ricky rick
ricky rick

Giroulski – they hated him for he told them the truth! Mate you’re entitled to your opinion, look at the comments here -https://arseblog.news/2016/08/arsenal-confirm-shkodran-mustafi-signing/ or here https://arseblog.news/2016/05/official-granit-xhaka-signs-for-arsenal/

People don’t watch other leagues, so they don’t watch all these players who are hyped. But when the transfer machine driven by agents and friendly journos goes into overdrive, add a few Youtube clips and you have this excitement that overlooks the faults of players. It’s what we all do.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Haha great find Ricky Rick!
I especially enjoyed the extended bullet points of why Perez, Xhaka and Mustafi were excellent signings that santori posted in the first article 🤫

Geefive
Geefive

That’s not what he said at all. It’s people like you that are the reason I never come to the comments section anymore. Getting as bad as Le Grove around here.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

“the reason I never come to the comments section anymore”

Oh, hello!

Mc1892
Mc1892

Not sure why everyone’s taken this so personally, nothing wrong with having an opinion. I honestly know nothing about him, but I think we’ve needed a left footed winger for so so long I think it’ll totally change our style of play- even if he doesnt turn out a world beater. For such a long time we’ve had all the play going one direction, and that’s drifting out towards the right. Right footed left wingers, right footed strikers, right footed right wingers (who were never really wingers). I can’t wait.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

It looks like the club is trying to be all offensive. Opponents may score freely but we expect to score one more than them. If we can do that, it is OK by me.

bobbyp
bobbyp

Probably why you aren’t a scout or manager.

VAR will solve the problem
VAR will solve the problem

Sad state of our fandome! First comment about our record transfer has to be this? Fucking hell! Man, learn to be happy as a fan and not be like a pundit on Mirror or the sun for once. Time for criticism will be there. This kinda shit just leaves a sour taste in your mouth after reading such a delicious piece of news right aftet waking up.

Nope
Nope

Are you trolling or have you never watched him? Because your analysis of him is absurd. ‘Doesn’t have a footballing brain’. Absolute nonsense.

On a day where the fanbase is United for the first time in years. There’s always a kill joy on the horizon.

Amit Boparai
Amit Boparai

Only other players that have performed similar to him are Messi and Mbappe. Yeah, clearly he has no idea what he’s doing.

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

Who do you see better.

CHIBS
CHIBS

What! This news is insane bro, I feel like pooping but I cannot muster any poo

Matt
Matt

Didn’t take long for someone to use the ‘intelligence’ trope.

Giroulski
Giroulski

Watch him play. Half the time he is dribbling passed players who could be bypassed with a short pass. His close control isn’t very good and he often passes players due to a fortuitous bounce on a defender’s knee.

He occupies the centre of the pitch a lot, and will crash into Özil, Laca and Auba.

I hope I’m wrong. I think he will be badly found out in a better league.

Matt
Matt

Damn. I guess our network of scouts, analysts, stats people and those of other clubs just didn’t watch the lad.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Hush. GIROULSKI of the comments section has spoken.

Giroulski
Giroulski

Ah sorry, if I realised you’d use a lazy appeal to authority in response I wouldn’t have bothered replying to you at all.

Here’s the thing: I’m posting my opinion on the player on the comment section of an Arsenal fan site. I’m not sending it to Raul’s desk and I’m not trying to claim a career.

Of course, our networks of scouts, analysts and stats people always do a perfect job, which is why we have Mustafi.

Mike1
Mike1

I don’t agree with your analysis, but i need to say I’ve only seen Pepe on TV and I haven’t seen much of him. Irrespective of this, I don’t understand the hostility and why you can’t express your view as it wasn’t aggressive.

meletios
meletios

^This.

kaius
kaius

Wait.. who said “you can’t express your view” on here? People have a right to respond when you say something they think is dumb.

Otherwise you’re saying “I want to be able to say whatever I want and no-one’s allowed to criticise me”.

That’s not how free speech works.

Giroulski
Giroulski

You do leap to conclusions all over the place. Asking for civility is not asking to be above criticism.

kaius
kaius

That was a response to Mike1 saying “I don’t understand the hostility and why you can’t express your view as it wasn’t aggressive”.

Your demand for civility is a dodge of the central issue and the basis for much of the response you got, namely:

Have you even acknowledged that yes, saying so and so black footballer has “no footballing brain” is kind of an ugly trope that set a whole bunch of people here off?

Until you’ve done that, your demand for civility sounds a bit hypocritical.

Giroulski
Giroulski

That’s specifically your issue, raised by you and you alone. It is an ugly trope when used by the likes of the Mail to attack the likes of Sterling, with a ridiculous focus on his lavish lifestyle (he bought his mum a house) and personal choices (he got a tattoo that wasn’t vanilla ice cream) . I’m not the Mail and I’m not attacking the likes of Sterling. I’m judging a player based upon the way I’ve seen him play. Leaping to a claim that I’m using a racist trope is a pain in the arse when your only evidence is that I think one footballer (two, when I mentioned Walcott) doesn’t have the tactical awareness I would hope for. I could give you plenty of examples of black players I feel do have a footballing brain (I already gave one) but there’s really no point at a stage where you’re very clearly not engaging in good faith.

A request for civility is not hypocritical quite simply because your excuse for being a slimy nob is a largely baseless accusation.

This Charming Man
This Charming Man

Well, if that’s why people are being hostile, then it’s totally on them. That’s them – or you paradoxically – being racist, not him. What should he have written instead if it really is his opinion that Pepe lacks footballing brain?

kaius
kaius

There’s plenty of comments on here critical of Pepe (I criticised him too, for his performance at AFCON where he was pretty bad).

Personally wanted Everton Soares because he might develop into another Alexis (early Alexis), but Pepe has mad potential too – it’s hard to be too cynical about him.

meletios
meletios

Mustafa…lol..can’t argue with that.
But I feel we should give our current the chance to prove their worth.
I did not see much of him but 72 million, wow, did not expect that.
(still remember Hazard’s almost signing, looks great if true)

A Different George
A Different George

I don’t think citing expertise is the same as an appeal to authority. If I say Zidane thinks Ozil and Willock played brilliantly, it carries weight because Zidane had proven he knows a lot about midfield play, and football in general–not because he holds the position of coach of Real Madrid.

Giroulski
Giroulski

It isn’t the same thing, you’re right. But there wasn’t a citation of expertise as much as an appeal to authority in this case. The response was purely “these people must know better than you because of their position so shut up”. I’m not claiming to know better than them, only to have an independent opinion of the player, which I offered. A citation of expertise should come with justification behind it.

Arseluvr
Arseluvr

You might be right Giroulski, and I respect the balls it takes to go against the grain in a moment like this, but today we are basking in the sunshine of cash splashed on a kid who looks pretty damn good, something we’re not used to. I’m still counting on us getting a quality CB, and until then, we’re always going to be suspect at the back against any PL club.

Birdkamp
Birdkamp

I wonder what your expectations are for a player in this role. His style looks a bit untidy and he will cough up some possession. But he’s lighting quick, makes great runs off the ball (see PSG last year), finishes, can find players in the box and looks horrible to deal with one-on-one. We don’t need any more than that. In this position we’re signing a maverick, not a playmaker. We’ve been dying for some unpredictability since Alexis started to fade.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Amen to that! We miss the trickery that Alexis provided. Defenders panicked when he had the ball. Their outside backs will have to stay home more often when we have that trickery. Would be an excellent signing.

Basswielder
Basswielder

This. A front three of Auba- Laca- Pepe. I hope we can get this deal done without any hiccups. LAP, PLA, ALP.. XD

Giroulski
Giroulski

I think, compared to Alexis, Pepe’s faults are more glaring. Okay, Alexis wasn’t the best at conserving possession, but his low centre of gravity, strength and inventive dribbling meant he didn’t, at his best, lose possession as much as we like to remember him doing so. He was very good against tight defences, and had a proven record in teams afforded less space than Lille were last season.

We definitely do need a winger who can dribble passed a man. That’s clear to everyone. I’m just not convinced he is it.

Amit Boparai
Amit Boparai

You seem to be referring to statistical data when comparing to Alexis which is why I’m baffled you don’t taste Pepe – his stats are insanely good.

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

I love Alexis but why you are mistaken about his misplaced passes – he had probably the most mispasses in the Pl

Joseph Furey

Okay, who is your choice? Come on, big man, give it up

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

yeah you’re wrong.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

Yes, this. That Lionel Messy dude also dribbles past people when he can make a short pass instead. Bonkers!!

Giroulski
Giroulski

Man, Messi is known for intelligently using his passing range as well as his dribbling ability. He knows when to draw players in, slow down play or speed it up. He is the example of a winger (half his career anyway) with a brilliant footballing brain who didn’t dribble for the sake of it.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

Yes, I agree. And Pepe’s assist and passing statistics show that he probably has vision and footballing smarts as well.

My point was that just because Pepe decides to dribble past somebody doesn’t necessarily mean he doesn’t have an eye for the pass as well.

Giroulski
Giroulski

Statistics are rarely reliable. I’m thinking of several occasions where he scuppered attacks by going for a dribble instead of a pass. Even with a successful take on, the moment was lost. It’s never simply completed passes or completed dribbles. You have to actually look at what they’re doing in the context of the phase of play and other players’ position. He has me grimacing a lot,

He’s a very good finisher, which helps.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

I’ll respectfully agree to disagree.

There was word towards the end of the season that we were connected with Pépé and Ismaïla Sarr of Rennes. I’m very glad we went with Pépé. Much of how you describe Pépé is how I actually view Sarr. Flashes of brilliance, but too inconsistent and often makes poor decisions. I personally believe Pépé is the real deal. His goal+assist tally was second to Mbappe who was surrounded by the best of Ligue 1 at PSG. Pépé did what he did at Lille and essentially carried the team. Sure, they had players like Loïc Rémy and Yacine Benzia, but Pépé took the cake.

Shane
Shane

Did you really just say statistics are rarely reliable? That is so unbelievably dumb that I hope it was simply a mistake on your part. If you do in fact think that I would advise you to go back and learn something about stats so that you avoid saying such sweepingly wrong generalities in the future.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Yup i watched the lille guy plsy for us for a few years and i have to agree with you, but he didnt play with ozil and co. Wait. Why are you talking about girvinho?

Mike22122
Mike22122

Lol i always thought gervinho was so unpredictable even he had no idea what he was going to do

My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)
My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)

Gervinho’s finishing was so bad, I’m sure the finesse button on FIFA for him wasn’t programmed in.

Viv
Viv

Haha

Giroulski
Giroulski

Him and Sanogo had the same energy. Without Yaya, we would not have won the first of those three FA cups.

Gervinho was nearly so great, and equally a million miles away from being competent. I loved watching him.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

He googled keywords Lille, Ivorian, winger, dribbles, weaknesses and read the first one.

Bishop
Bishop

Does that description not bring to mind memories of a number 7 spotting, stout , dog lover who was amazing for us before pissing all over the place when he wanted a move…

Nico
Nico

Trust me, don’t worry, you’re wrong.

Tom
Tom

Idiot haha

lordgunner
lordgunner

the same player who destroy PSG in the league last season , who napoli and liverpool want…yea he must be shit ,
Zaha with better finishing and 3 years younger

Iron Ljung
Iron Ljung

“Destroyed PSG” – let’s not get ahead of ourselves: an average one-on-one, a dribble, two decent balls into the box (the defending was atrocious)

Iron Ljung
Iron Ljung
A Different George
A Different George

I have barely seen him, so I am only replying to what you say. If he really “OFTEN passes players due to a fortuitous bounce on a defender’s knee,” then it isn’t fortuitous. It’s quicker reactions, or quicker anticipation, or quicker thinking and micro-second planning. Watch how often Messi takes the ball into a pack of defenders and comes out the other side after a bunch of “lucky” deflections. (No, I’m not saying Pepe is like Messi–I’ve already said I have barely seen him play.)

Giroulski
Giroulski

That’s a fair argument. What I will say is that those bounces, and pieces of luck are easier to take advantage of when there’s acres of space in behind the player. How often does that happen when teams play Arsenal?

Ras Tweed
Ras Tweed

So you are saying that he cannot be coached etc ?

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast

You must be trolling.

“Going to crash into other players”

Marc Overmars never crashed into anyone when he cut in from the left onto his right boot, and DB10 played the same role as Mesut. Silly man.

Nico
Nico

Bielsa was a muppet then.

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

Then you are mistaken. His close control not good ? In fact that’s one of his best attributes. You probably saw some highlights wherever he scores from a lucky bounce but his other goals?

GoonerMac
GoonerMac

Ozil has got enough footballing brain for the whole team!

If he has all those options up front………boom!

Goonereality
Goonereality

Well, after all the time he’s played for us most observers (and I’ve seen all his home games “live”) there’s precious little evidence of Ozil using his football brain other than a fraction of that time. He (too) often just disappears from games – switches off, if you like. That’s unacceptable for a £42 million fee and £350,000 a week. It’s too late for excuses now.

kaius
kaius

At this worst, at his absolute worst, Ozil’s footballing brain is still better than 99% of players in the league. Maybe even Europe.

It’s his physical side that’s the problem

Mpls
Mpls

Ozil was at his best when we had a a good technical possession midfielder and a dangerous tricky winger.

Oh, look what we just brought in this week.

A Different George
A Different George

In terms of playing with Ozil, Dani and Pepe can fill the roles (not saying with the same quality) as Santi and Alexis.

Jack4343
Jack4343

I agree.. Ozil has not been anywhere close to good enough out there the past two years. However, he has looked good in preseason, we can’t move him on and we really have no choice but to put him out there and hope there is a resurgence in his form. We could really use it.

Crispen
Crispen

Ozil has not been performing SINCE MR CARZOLA LEFT.

A Different George
A Different George

Don’t think so. Ozil was at his best when he could interact with an in-form Alexis.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

I’m pretty sure you will be, or at least I hope so! Admittedly his goal numbers are a little better sounding due to about nine coming from penalties, and a few of his assists were very simple lay-offs but make no mistake, if we get Pepe we’ll have one of the most exciting wingers in the current world of football. There’s a reason he’s so highly coveted. His pace is incredible and allows him to find great positions in the blink of an eye, either to play a pass or finish a move. With that, his ability to drift past players, and with his skillset he can easily take the ball from defence to attack in mere seconds. He can use both feet, meaning he can play on the left-wing and actually use his left foot to deliver instant crosses (still needs a little work on the lofted ones tbh), and he can shoot (or make a sweet pass) with either foot from any angle within the 25yard region. The idea of him and Aubameyang surrounding Lacazette, switching wings… barring Barcelona (who look set to add Neymar after bagging Griezmann) I can’t think of a front-line more capable of entertaining an audience other than perhaps Liverpool’s.
Additionally he’s surprisingly strong on the ball, shrugging off some very heavy challenges from big defenders as he glides across the pitch. And he can certainly fill the number 9 role given how much he enjoys getting the ball and running down the middle should we need to give our other strikers a break.

Honestly if Raul pulls this off I’ll be amazed, I’ve got serious doubts as to the owners of our club but if this happens I have to put my hands up and congratulate the club for showing real ambition. Throw Tierney in and bring in this mystery CB who can lead by example and this summer will (although it had a rough start) become an absolute blockbuster!

Genuinely feels like I woke up in the Upside Down three days ago…
My mind has turned to butter, Vinai is wielding a rather large fat rascal, whilst Raul is tucking his napkin into his collar and licking his lips. Dig in lads, you’ve earned it! 🧠 😋

CHIBS
CHIBS

Just seen on the Metro

Arsenal chief Vinai Venkatesham reveals the truth over Unai Emery’s transfer budget

Arsenal manager Unai Emery sits in a press conference
Unai Emery’s budget is not restricted to £40m (Picture: Getty Images)
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Saturday 27 Jul 2019 7:41 am
Unai Emery’s summer transfer budget is not restricted to just £40million, according the Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham.

It’s been a relatively slow summer for the Gunners, with Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos, 18-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba – who is being loaned straight back to Saint-Etienne – the only arrivals at the Emirates, and not many more expected through the door.

The transfer budget was thought to be limited after Emery’s failure to guide the Gunners back to the promised land of the Champions League, with a figure of £40m bandied around.

However, Venkatesham insists that is not the case and that transfer chief Raul Sanllehi has not been set fixed parameters in terms of a summer budget.

‘I don’t recognise this £40m figure, I have read it a lot, Venkatesham said. ‘That doesn’t come from us, that doesn’t come from the club.

Vinai Venkatesham sits in front of Arsenal’s club crest
Vinai Venkatesham discussed Arsenal’s summer budget (Picture: Getty Images)
‘The numbers never come from us. We never ever, ever, ever talk about how much money we have to spend because that’s the least helpful thing you can do.

‘Raul’s job is hard enough, if you go into a negotiation and everyone knows how much money you’ve got, it doesn’t really help.

‘It is true that our funds are more limited after three years in the Europa League, but the budget isn’t £40m. We have the budget to make a difference, but as Raul says, this is a particularly tough window and we’re in the middle of it. I sense and understand the frustration, but there is a huge amount of misinformation out there in the market.

‘I read and am sent articles about players we’re supposed to have missed out on and they’re players we’ve never even talked about. I get why sometimes it’s hard for fans to understand what we’re doing, but I’d say that’s because about 85% of what you read just isn’t true.

Goonereality
Goonereality

‘I don’t recognise this £40m figure, I have read it a lot,’ is a politician’s answer. It doesn’t mean, of course, that the budget isn’t around £40 million. And the one ‘We have the budget to make a difference’ is a real Lulu of ambiguity – what does “a difference” mean? Winning a domestic cup, a top four finish, “x” more points than last season? There’s little or nothing about targets for the club for next season.

Even with the potential signing of Pepe, all the transfers so far are on extended instalments, and with add-ons (read: postponed payments) included where the selling club allows – which Celtic didn’t with Tierney). We’re trying to make a little go a long way. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn’t suggest that there’s big money around.

kaius
kaius

They did address targets. Direct quote from Vinai at the Q&A:

“We know we are not where we want to be as a club. If we had finished 3rd and won the Europa League last season, we would be saying the same thing. We have to find a way to compete for the biggest trophies and we aren’t doing that at the moment.”

Goonereality
Goonereality

Sorry, no. That’s a vague quote to say the least and it doesn’t put the ambition into a time-frame does it! “We aren’t doing that at the moment.” True, as we all know, but when are we likely to, I wonder? He hasn’t given any indication (as I posted earlier).

kaius
kaius

Yeah, the least we should expect of our execs is they get off their butts, do some time-traveling, and come back and tell us the precise date when we’re next gonna win the league

AusGunner
AusGunner

the ambiguity of “the budget isn’t £40m” is particularly infuriating

CoNr
CoNr

This 40mil number I think came about probably one of two ways, leaked by the club so that are targets just didn’t gain an extra 10+ mil in value, and secondly people looking at the accounts and making a ball park guess at what funds we had available due to FFP restrictions of spending over a 3yr period.

Either way back to topic at hand. Very excited if we pull this deal off, feels bad for zaha being a child hood gooner, but its Crystal Phallus’ fault, they bumped out price and wouldn’t budge, hopefully they get relegated this year and we can pick up Zaha on the cheap next year as well ( one can wish lol )

Goonereality
Goonereality

Although not mentioned specifically as a figure, The Arsenal Supporter’s Trust report into the club’s financial position indicates that there’s little money available and that’s apparently confirmed by the structure of the deals so far – including Pepe’s, if it goes through!

Looks like Everton are in the frame at present for Zaha with a cash and player deal.

Santori
Santori

40m + is the base rate.

We will generate additional money to bring it up to 60-65m

This was always the case with player sales of 20m hopefully making the difference.

But 60-65m doesn’t pay for much these days.

This Pepe deal, Cebellos signing and Saliba deal means we have spent only maybe 20m thus far which is why they were keen on Tierney.

Depending on the Cback (hopefully), we may yet have some change to go back in for the Lback.

BUT likely the remaining 40m now will be reserve for the Cback.

The other issue of course is to realise whilst we have been creative structuring the deals to accommodate more this season for a smaller budget, we need to be concern that some of it is kicked down the line with impact in future.

This will be a non issue if we do well from here on. BUT if we struggle, it may get complicated with falling revenues.

So its good but it has potential down sides to be concern with.

Bendtner’s ego
Bendtner’s ego

Except Zaha probably isn’t that interested in Everton.

He enjoys Palace, but grew up supporting Arsenal. That is why he wanted to come, along with experiencing European football (hope CL next year).

Giroulski
Giroulski

I want you to be right. Ultimately, I’m not a professional scout. But I’m not going to let myself get carried away when I don’t rate the player.

Will support him wholeheartedly if and when he comes, of course.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

That’s fair enough, we’re all entitled to our own opinions and nobody can say for absolute certain whether it will work out… But you gotta let the rest of us ride this hype train, there’s been a lot of frustrations lately and I think nearly every Gooner deserves a big surprise and something to feel good about 😃

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

^ ^ ^ This! 🙂

Giroulski
Giroulski

Honestly, put your hype on Ceballos. He is potentially something truly special. Amazing to get a player of his calibre in a position we needed to fill but didn’t have the budget for. If he hits the ground running, we wont miss Ramsey, and he isn’t as easy to replace as some think.

WolfJones
WolfJones

Only problem with Ceballos isnt his football ability but his lack of time with us. It’s far easier to get hyped about a player who you know is going to be with the team for (hopefully) a long time.

santori
santori

Something has to give. An option to buy would have been ideal but we don’t have the elasticity in budget which is why the loan deal makes sense.

We will revisit this next summer but back loading will come into play which means as I mentioned there may be impact to our ability to load on next summer (should we not deliver)

OTOH, looking forward, we may also run risk of losing one of our marquee strikers in Auba or Laca which should generate some income.

BUT bring along with it need for replacement as well.

So theres questions left unanswered for the future.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

I am doing, Saliba and Tierney too, all have WC potential 😊

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

Good of you

Dennis Elbow
Dennis Elbow

We are in the Underverse!

PGunner
PGunner

Haha

Viv
Viv

Leno..
Zaha or Pepe…who would be better for us??

I personally would have Zaha..was unplayable a beast when he played against us

How about you all

lordgunner
lordgunner

i take Pepe , better finisher amd younger so plenty of time to get even better

Crispen
Crispen

Was he an playable beast at MANURE.. why not?

Crispen
Crispen

Take Pepe every single day of the month

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Hey Viv!

Both have pro’s and con’s. Zaha would improve our overall play more but I feel Pepe would be more lethal on the break, and I think both are good options to help us open up stubborn defenses. I know you’re an Ozil fan but I think Ozil and Zaha would actually get in each others’ way (so too possibly Lacazette’s), whereas Pepe would play to Ozil’s strengths better (as a couple people have already mentioned, he is rather Alexis like in terms of impact). As far as I’m concerned either would be very welcome, but due to the terms of the deal it seems Lille are far more favourable to deal with given our situation, plus three years younger is a great bonus, and there’s the chance Zaha has already hit his apex. I actually think Pepe has been brought in as a long term Aubameyang understudy, hence the willingness from the board.
But as you’ve mentioned, Zaha’s display against us, and Chelsea in particular I think, was immense, it’s pretty much a huge win either way!

To be honest, while either sound great I just hope we aren’t overlooking other areas, as personally I’d be happy with one of the cheaper wing options and putting more money towards rebuilding the defence, but c’est la vie, acquiring Pepe would undoubtedly be a huge and welcome coup!

Despite a preference to Zaha, would you be happy if it ended up being Pepe, Viv? 😊

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

Zaha is also a good choice but Pepe has a higher potential, younger and piss#s over Zaha in goals scored and assists.

Voldermort
Voldermort

If it happens then i agree, a large number of people myself included will have to eat a humble pie.
But bidding for someone and signing them is a huge difference.
I could go to an auction and bid for a picasso at the low end and get out bid by millions. To the outside world it looks impressive and looks like ambition. Until the player signs and plays its just smoke and mirrors.
Hope to eat the humble pie but have a feeling my taste buds are safe for another season sadly.

kaius
kaius

Voldemort bro, the rest of are eating good today, but we’ll save some for you for when the dot com announces it

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

Ornstein has reported it, Sky Sports have reported it and various other sources also.

Dial square
Dial square

@Voldermort, mate I remember the days when breaking news like this would lift us up and put an extra spring in our step, it’s unfortunate that now after all the years of Wenger feeding us the “we will buy if we can find top top quality” bulls*it, that now we daren’t even let ourselves get exited until we see it announced on the official club website..

WolfJones
WolfJones

Love this.. damn I’m excited

Psquard
Psquard

Zaha is better

kaius
kaius

I actually agree. He’s better in terms of Premier League readiness. But Zaha was still working out his game at 24.

Pepe at 24 has a more rounded skillset, and should eventually reach or pass Zaha’s level.

Crispen
Crispen

He is better now. Zaha was on the bench at AFCON

kaius
kaius

Yes Zaha started on the bench but Pepe ended up there and Zaha ended in the starting XI because he was more effective

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

He has already passed it

Goontang
Goontang

11 assists says your completely wrong. If you are directly involved in 33 goals, I think he has a footballing brain

Giroulski
Giroulski

I hope I am. But should I pretend to rate a player just because we’re signing him?

Nnn
Nnn

No you don’t have to. Because nobody cares.

Giroulski
Giroulski

You’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise given the response to my comment in a comment section on a fan website. Whilst disagreeing with me and thinking me completely wrong is all fine and good, I think we could do without the outright hostility to my initial comment. I’m not trying to troll anyone, and I’m not generally a negative fan, either.

Crispen
Crispen

Simple message from fans is you are wrong.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

You really did piss on our tasty chips though mate? A shame your comment was the first? 🙂

SciGunner
SciGunner

Girolski, would you have us signed Zaha instead for £80M?

The Mad Parson
The Mad Parson

I agree with Leno that this is something we can get excited about after quite some time of frustration. And adding Ceballos also adds to the buzz.

So, while I think Giroulski is wrong, there’s no need to be a dick toward him. He’s stated his case and has been polite in doing so. Surely we can support fellow Gooners even when we disagree–on a HYS thread?

Johnny
Johnny

There is no player who is perfect in all areas, every player has got some weakness. So what is important the man is doing his job right, getting involved in 33 goals is a very good so let’s hope he is able to deliver the same statistics in the primier league.

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

Even if he has half of the statistics it’s great – how many wide players not named Messi and Ronaldo have this type of statistics

Georgeycharles
Georgeycharles

Dude, am I picking up a bit of a glass half empty vibe ?

Bobby
Bobby

Stop ruining my buzz.

Goontang
Goontang

Your entitled to your opinion mate. But clearly people who get paid to watch this player in real life, and people who are willing to sanction a 72million deal clearly say your statement about not having a footballing brain is abit wide of the mark. Would prefer to think his statistics and their advice holds a bit more weight.

JoeGooner
JoeGooner

Just found a great vid on youtube that does stats analysis of pepe vs zaha. His heat map and shot position seem perfect for bellerin/ amn overlaps and leaving room for Auba and Lacazette in central positions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuMTecfTT08

Sir Henry Norris' Brown Envelope
Sir Henry Norris' Brown Envelope

I think I’ll take an “idiot” who can be involved in 22 goals and 11 assists in 38 appearances

Giroulski
Giroulski

I think you shouldn’t put “idiot” in quote marks if I haven’t said it.

kaius
kaius

You inferred as much with the “no footballing brain” crack – which is a line that get’s overused when people critique black players.

And with a young guy like Pepe who can dribble and finish at high speed, win and *score* pens, makes deadly off the ball runs and assists others, the evidence actually says the opposite. He looks like an intelligent footballer.

Giroulski
Giroulski

Oh for crying out loud. I was banging on constantly about Lemar’s footballing brain a year ago when I was desperate for us to get him. I was comparing him to Pires ffs. If I have a bias it’s towards a style of player.

Again though, don’t quote things I haven’t said. Not having a footballing brain is not synonymous with being an idiot. Walcott was always a clever guy off the pitch and Özil strikes me as more than dippy.

kaius
kaius

Nah, it was fine to quote “idiot” as a summation of your comments about Pepe. That’s the whole problem with the ‘footballing brain’ trope.

Besides, the comment didn’t reference you directly.

Giroulski
Giroulski

Nah, it wasn’t. You’re mischaracterising what I said. I reject your interpretation of what I meant.

kaius
kaius

It’s okay to disagree.

But if you don’t want me (or the other 450+ people who downvoted you) to think you’re attacking a player’s intelligence, don’t insult his “footballing brain”.

Giroulski
Giroulski

I mean it really is on you if, in 2019, you see intelligence as an all-encompassing linear scale.

People downvoted me for a variety of reasons with varying degrees of enthusiasm. I wouldn’t appropriate all of their intentions and squeeze it through your reductoscope, either.

kaius
kaius

You’re right – part of the response was because people thought your football analysis was off the mark, and people are also sick of unduly negative comments, especially when those comments are first, or left under whoever comments first (or both in your special case).

Futsboller
Futsboller

Kaius is very intelligent and really knows his football, but he can be a bit of a wind-up merchant on here when the mood strikes him. Let it pass.

kaius
kaius

ffs Futsboller, fine I’ll shut up now lol

Futsboller
Futsboller

🙂

Giroulski
Giroulski

Kaius is like talking to a twelve year old version if myself where I would go online a structure arguments using as many subtle logical fallacies as humanly possible in an attempt to goad the person I was talking to into an emotional response. If he is also a preteen, who will likely grow out of it, I’d be inclined to agree with you.

Sir Henry Norris' Brown Envelope
Sir Henry Norris' Brown Envelope

My grammar error. I meant “idiot” as in “what the F**k do I know?”
He is a League Un player after all, I know nothing of him

Goooooooner for life
Goooooooner for life

Hey, remember when lacazette was a “meh” signing?

Giroulski
Giroulski

Actually quite liked the signing of Lacazette at the time. He was only meh for those who wanted the next striker signed to be Thierry Henry or better. Worth remembering that we tried to get Mbappe first that summer.

SciGunner
SciGunner

This is been an epic comments thread, thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Fair play to Giroulski, he has been persistent and tried to back up his arguments with some logical reasoning (although I disagree with his conclusions).
My question is who is better than Pepe in that price bracket (particularly with the way we want to structure the deal)? He is definitely an upgrade on Zaha who would have costed in the same region.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

I foresee a few defences being bamboozled from this season onwards. I hope I’m not proven wrong.

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Sometimes I wonder just what the fuck WOULD make people happy on here.

kaius
kaius

Read somewhere that it takes more energy to be optimistic than it does to be negative.

But our fanbase is seriously low on energy after the last 3-4 seasons, for good reasons

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Remember that most are very happy on here today Don. Don’t let the others ruin your excitement – everyone has an opinion and so they should, it’s just the negative stuff sounds louder. COYG!

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

You seem fun.

Chamackhyungpark
Chamackhyungpark

Who care about his brain? The lad is rapid, scores goals and makes assists.

How’d we line up with him in the team? Front 3 of lacca, Pepe and Uaba is a top 4 strike force.

Adriano
Adriano

Cry for a good player gets a good player cry that the player isn’t good🤢🤢🤢

Melvin Bryant
Melvin Bryant

Never seen so many thumbs down…lol

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Let’s all spare a thought for Ryan Shawcross, who just suffered what seems to be a very serious injury.

frank
frank

What kind of thought, if I may ask?

ArseTickler
ArseTickler

I think you are right – but you must have watched the other Pepe. He fits your description. Try and keep up with the times.

Terry henry
Terry henry

Fuck off out of here giroulski

TeeCee
TeeCee

Fuck me. – 468 and counting. Is that a downvote record?

N10
N10

I’m sorry but this is one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever heard on here.

assistantref
assistantref

Honestly not the fainest idea what you are on about. Clumsy? Seriously? He’s tremendously quick-footed and agile, and he can dribble with both feet, an incredibly rare talent that makes it almost impossible to defend against him 1 v 1. Nothing is assured in football but if we do manage this…this guy has the potential to be Henry-level good.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Yeah from the little i.ve seen he looks a really skillful player. I.m starting to get excited. Hope this goes through

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

Clumsy? Have you actually seen him play?

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

Without a football brain? And his assists during the last few seasons? No brain?

Espen
Espen

Sometimes, when you don’t have anything nice to say, it’s better not to say anything at all.

Steinn
Steinn

Haven’t been this excited since we signed Özil…

Goontang
Goontang

Hey Josh, we are starting to get excited! The guys got better stats then Zaha. If anyone gives the yeah but it’s a farmers league comparison, pretty sure that hazard blokes best season in ligue 1 was 20 goals 14 assists.

Dennis Elbow
Dennis Elbow

😄🤣

Matt
Matt

Does anyone else get Henry vibes watching the highlight compilations? The bursts of pace, ability to slow down and pick a pass or open up his body to place it in the final corner, the little tricks while sprinting, etc. He looks the most similar player we’ve had to Thierry since he left.

thw14
thw14

Well well well.

Well.

Well well well well.

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy?

SB Still
SB Still

First Saliba (although one for the future), then Ceballos (beating the Spuds to both of them) and now Pepe – a club record record signing if and when we complete it!

I’ve been critical of the club’s hierarchy but last summer window and this, looks they might after all be good in their job.

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Well it’s escape from reality!

My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)
My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)

Burna Boy remix?

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Great change of user name sir.

Did you say youts????

Jai
Jai

What. The. Fuck.

Gobsmacked. Raul has gone and done it hasn’t he?

Can’t stress how bloody incredible this would be

Jai
Jai

Just need a loan signing of a CB (maybe look at Juve for Rugani) and this will be the best window we’ve had in a long long time. Hopefully Tierney deal goes through too

Heknockedoutjohnterry
Heknockedoutjohnterry

Last summer window was Leno, sokratis, torreira, guendouzi so that isn’t too shabby either, if you ignore lichtensteiner who was always a short term low risk gamble anyway. Of course that doesn’t fit with the #misery narrative

kaius
kaius

Serious question: Has Ornstein ever announced we’re signing someone and it hasn’t happened?

Because this is literally unbelievable

Jai
Jai

From my memory, once- Nuri Sahin in 2012

Matt
Matt

So maybe Pepe will be like a Nuri Sahin?

Jai
Jai

Well I hope not. Other reputable journalists other than Ornstein like Romano seem to think Pepe is Arsenal bound too

kaius
kaius

Wow Jai your memory is really good

I vaguely remember Sahin deciding to stay at Real Madrid that year and then going to Liverpool or back to Dortmund the next

Jai
Jai

Haha I only remember because I was really happy that day when I saw the tweet. Same summer we got Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

For one, I don’t think Ornstein has the same access at arsenal as he once did. He also help perpetuate the whole 40M budget myth. Which is proving to be false

kaius
kaius

Yes, for the budget story he said “my sources calculate” or “estimate” or something. He wasn’t definite about it, but people read it as fact anyway

Jack4343
Jack4343

I think there is a bit of inside give and take for reporters. The club’s give you inside into from time to time and you put out a bit of misinformation to help them out. He’s not lying if they told him that. He’s reporting what they told him. Not up to him to decipher what is nailed on fact but to report what he is hearing. Kind of a I”ll wash your back if you wash mine sort of thing.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

I think you’ll find it’s “scratch” my back Jack? 🙂

Jack4343
Jack4343

Lol…I was being overly friendly! Signings make me giddy.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Maybe we were really clever feeding him the wrong budget information to keep prices down?

Riku
Riku

Agree and should we the supporters not take so credit . In the raise in money from 40 m up. As the fan protest and/or blogger statements to the owners . Imo look to have freed up more money. They were saving for next year. the owners and Adidas will love it though selling load soon of new Pepe shirts .

frank
frank

Irrellevant!
That was before he turned ITK.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Arteta

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Why Arteta ? When football journalists everywhere were announcing him as our new Manager Ornstein didn’t & was the first one to confirm Emery.

kaius
kaius

Orny did say Arteta was “a frontrunner” but he gets a pass on that one.

Gazidis was purposefully putting out disinformation that summer

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Maybe somebody hacked his account

JUDE
JUDE

He’s always right

TeddyT
TeddyT

Higuain report. I remember ornstein and bbc said it was a done deal

Goontang
Goontang

I’m sure there’s deals that have fallen apart that were genuine. But in terms of legitimate arsenal transfer news, this guys pretty much the “there is no spoon”

utk
utk

If this is Raul’s doing I am freaking out over when Edu has more of an involvement xD their link-up has the potential to be insane

CHIBS
CHIBS

Utk that’s the future. We will be very very exciting

ER1
ER1

I spilled my pint. I never spill my pint.

GunnAlex
GunnAlex

Shut up!

yen
yen

WHO NEEDS DEFENCE WHEN YOU GOT PALs (Pepe Auba Laca) UPFRONT ANYWAY

Noob

You said it first!!!

Vieira's Vaporub
Vieira's Vaporub

ÖPAL?

Stroogle
Stroogle

OPALs. Forgot Ozil.

Bob's Mexican cousin
Bob's Mexican cousin

PALO in Spanish means stick

Cowabunga
Cowabunga

You know what they say, speak softly and carry a big PALO. Though Raul is obviously doing that already.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

OPAL isn’t it?

yen
yen

Well I thought pals (friends) > opals (freakin’ rocks of some type), but I guess.

GoonerMac
GoonerMac

If this is true then hats off to the execs!

CB please (1 in 1 out)and I will be very happy with this transfer window

Timothy Foden
Timothy Foden

And the out can only be one person

Crispen
Crispen

I dou t we need a CB. We have a pack of good junior CBs. If we get Pepe we only need another season and we have a great crop of CBs to match our front 4.
Get Pepe.

Chris
Chris

Poo-o meter reading?

Sven
Sven

Poo-o-meter rating: horny for Orny

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

Or that absolutely tiny piece that just doesn’t drop no matter how hard you or gravity try.

Goontang
Goontang

If Ornstein has come out and said it, then the poos have to be closer to a shart

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Or a tiny toot

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

Just a small, rapid plop, plop.

Xhaka Demus, no Pliers
Xhaka Demus, no Pliers

As exciting as this is, and let’s be fair it is v f***ing exciting, I’m still petrified by our defending. But let’s give them another couple of weeks to sort that. Installments seem to be key to our deals so hopefully we can stretch the budget to a defender or 2. Shootouts a-go-go at the Emirates!!

CHIBS
CHIBS

You can’t trust what you hear from that bunch of Spanish magicians man. They’ve got smirks from being looked down on all their lives, working their socks off. They’re happy to gobsmack you, not to impress you. I tell you I’m interested as I study them.

G-Man
G-Man

Loan deal for a good CB is what I’d do. Tierney if there is enough budget this season. If we don’t get Tierney, we can cope with Kola and Monreal for one more season, providing Bellerin and Holdini stay match fit.

Bellerin – Holding – Sokratis – Kolasinac
= Adequate for Top 4
Rotate CB with Mushitty (we have to now thanks to Kos) and the loaned CB

Torreria, Chambers and Maitland-Niles can protect them at defensive midfield this 2019/2020 season.

If we truly do get Pepe and then a CB on loan, we can get Champs League. With that money, we can focus on buying a permanent CM (unless Willock comes good?), LB (Tierney next season for £30m?), RB and CB (to join Saliba and Holding) next season.

Do all of that and realistically, we could be lifting the league trophy in 2021… Or at least challenge aggressively.

GeoffRey Hurstmaker
GeoffRey Hurstmaker

It would be nice to see if AMN could do that, be a ball carrying DCM, that can even get forward sometimes.

kaius
kaius

What is even happening this week… I cannot deal with this

T.Dot.O.Dot
T.Dot.O.Dot

It’s just too much isn’t it….I can’t take it

Pau
Pau

Pau

Pau
Pau

You stand waiting for the bus and then…

btw
btw

Blogs should go to the US every summer, when he’s gone it pours new signings.

John
John

People really need to start making memes about Orny…

Mandigao
Mandigao

Ornacle

Bendtner’s ego
Bendtner’s ego

Just read the replies to his twitter post.

Plenty of memes.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

He was joking mate….:-)

PartyPalour
PartyPalour

Can we forever and always ignore reports of our transfer window budgets, cos people get really angry about it and it’s never been accurate

Goontang
Goontang

Agreed. Weve probably just made the first years installment from the brilliant squashed banana

Group captain mandrake
Group captain mandrake

If you read closely, it mentions installments over the next 5 years so it is very definitely within Arsenal’s budget. Same plan that is apparently hanging up the Tierney deal.

facts
facts

so glad we got rid of wenger and the bald fraud. the new regime is kicking ass these last two windows

Mark
Mark

The previous window we signed Suarez. Kicking ass indeed

Ant
Ant

Ah yes, the famous January window where we blew a few million in change on Denis suarez. Awesome.

CHIBS
CHIBS

Wengers mental/psychological formation is limited compared to this current bunch of cynical Spanish pirate Dons and typical Indian trader guy
(I hope I have not used any racist references in my post, none intended) . Wenger is genius but limited, almost as if he grew up in a nice area of Paris and went to beautiful schools (I just realize I need to read his story).

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

You haven’t succeeded in not using racist references, I’m afraid.

CHIBS
CHIBS

Apologies.

CHIBS
CHIBS

Cuntry was second nature to him when he had to dig his cunt out and react to Mourinho, looking like he got tired of being Gentry and experimented with his Cynicism towards the end. We are all good and evil, accept it now and you don’t have to be realizing it when you’re 70 and a young Portuguese cunt comes and gives you fucking sleepless nights and public loss of control, while not even being sussed himself in the least. Dog eat dog world

Yeshu
Yeshu

Mods? Hello?

arseblog
Admin

On it

Reality check
Reality check

CHIBS let it go bro, don’t make it worse..

Lack of Perspective
Lack of Perspective

Also above. 2 racist comments. I see a trend

CHIBS
CHIBS

Jose Mourinho isn’t a Portuguese cunt ?

Ashburton
Ashburton

He’s a cunt all right. Him being Portuguese has nothing to do with it. Bringing up the nationality/ ethnicity/ gender/ skin color when referring to their qualities is & always was racist. Surprised your can type but haven’t learned such simple things.

Rich
Rich

Technically he is Portuguese, because he’s from Portugal…..
And whether or not you think Mourinho is a c*nt or not? Is a matter of opinion.

And discriminating against someone for their nationality? is xenophobic and not racist, so there’s no real indication of discrimination here, there’s simply a description…

Calling someone Portuguese before a derogatory name isn’t xenophobic, because the Portuguese part certainly shouldn’t be considered an insult.

Technically, you believing the word Portuguese before the word c*nt is an insult, might actually be Xenophobic?

Because in doing so, you could be implying that there’s something wrong with being Portuguese….

So there’s a strong case here that you yourself are discriminating against the Portuguese, by automatically considering the word Portuguese as being derogatory.

So by your own logic, you are racist, but with the correct terminology you’d actually be xenophobic.

And CHIBS is just really bad at expressing and keeping his emotions in check.

CHIBS
CHIBS

Thanks Rich! Chibs likes to think he’s in control of his emotions ALWAYS really, but I guess you’re allowed to get carried away/be excited

CHIBS
CHIBS

Ashburton I’m semi shocked at this discovery. All through was only sharing solid points(my POV). I probably haven’t used ‘cunt’ all year but I didn’t know another way to specify on it being Mou I was talking about. Maybe ex Chelsea Cunt is what would make you see my comment for a solidarity to sth Arsenal fans see as a consensus ( I don’t especially) . Thanks for the enlightening and glad I made these errors here not some more punishable platform. Also not Wenger bashing, i don’t bash people for what ‘I’ consider their limitations, only share my very popular views 😎

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

There’s only one cunt on here at the moment. 🙂

CHIBS
CHIBS

Paul why so pleasured hommie

CHIBS
CHIBS

I’m really sorry about the racial suggestions. Took me saying Nigerian c*nt out loud to realize how bad such must sound to the Nationals I had mentioned.
Live and Learn ✌️

kaius
kaius

Good man Chibs, I respect that

CHIBS
CHIBS

Bigman Kaius

Emirati_Gooner
Emirati_Gooner

LMAO

Henkamp
Henkamp

I watched Pepe at the just concluded AFCON and wasn’t too impressed. But then, the entire CIV team was shambles. The coach particularly didn’t look like he had any idea of what he was doing.

Hopefully, Raul finds a way to help us sign a CB and Tierney! COYG!!!

kaius
kaius

Yeah he didn’t impress at AFCON. Kept running into blind alleys and was easily dispossessed. Zaha looked stronger, more impactful. But Pepe is 3 years younger and a much more natural goalscorer so his ceiling should be higher than Zaha’s.

K9ine
K9ine

Was absolute shit to put it mildly. Genuinely struggling to get excited about this. While hoping afcon was an aberration

Mandigao
Mandigao

I prrfer to not use international tournaments as a yardstick. 38 games in Ligue Un would be a better measure. The whole CIV team was poor.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Agree completely. Some international teams are just so poor that it’s hard to read players because they have to do more than they usually do with their club. Pulisic is like that with the US. Tries to carry the entire team and things usually just don’t work due to the lack a quality around him but give him a job in a good club and he’s golden. Think Pepe could be the exact same for us. He will be surrounded by attacking quality.

James
James

Pepe on the right, Zaha on the left and Laca through the middle? Aubameyang in reserve for rotation… I could get on board with this. People would be shot scared of those two running at you on the wings, may even give Mustafi an embolism just imagine marking them in training.

We haven’t got enough for Zaha as well? We didn’t have enough for Pepe yesterday either, the sky’s the limit!!

COYG!!

sahil
sahil

This is so out of the blue and exciting. 80 million is a lot of money for us, much more than the reported budget. A decent winger is the missing piece in our attack and we are getting one of the best rated youngsters right now. Hope we didn’t blow all our load though, need a couple of players in defense. Props to Raul, lets go!!

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

I certainly blew all my load when I read this story.

Deo
Deo

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT?????

GunnerMura
GunnerMura

Am happy about the deal. I would prefer to to 80 mil of Pepe than 60 mil or higher for Zaha but am slightly concerned that this might mean we might not get a CB

Greg in Seattle
Greg in Seattle

I’m thinking it’s Chambers for this season. Possibly an additional non-exciting stability/depth signing. Hopefully we just outscore everyone.

Alternatively, Tierney and a full-on conversion of Nacho to CB this season, biding time until Saliba. Saliba/Holding is likely the vision.

Hlebs dancing feet
Hlebs dancing feet

Mr Andrew ‘arseblog’ Allen if this deal goes through I think you owe Raul Sanlehi an apology. But in all seriousness blogs has been so skeptical of the new management that I’ve been finding it hard to find much cause for optimism. Fuck Gazidis from America alllllll the way to Tokyo.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Do you mean Andrew Allen or Andrew Mangan?

Hlebs dancing feet
Hlebs dancing feet

My bad 8 mean Mangan

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

I think Blogs and Andrew Allen are two different people

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Yet you never see them both at the same time

Jack4343
Jack4343

Need to post a pic on his next blog of the two Andrews with their heads swapped.

CHIBS
CHIBS

Arseblog is my only Arsenal feed

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Blogs has shown very negative attitude towards the new management. He was of “I know all “attitude

CHIBS
CHIBS

Forest Gunner, they were/are his perspective . I think recently while he’s still scared and doesn’t trust them instinctively, he’s adopted a more wondrous approach than negative to our management
#Arsecast psychology

Jim
Jim

I prefer healthy cynicism (or indeed realism) to blind sycophancy

Jim
Jim

By which I mean, I appreciate Blogs questioning the sort of PR guff spouted by the Krankies. Vis a vis the open letter penned a week or so ago.

Jack4343
Jack4343

I don’t really blame him. Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me. I think, like most of us, We want to be positive about our club we love and support but are a bit guarded after being over promised and under delivered. It’s his blog and it’s his thoughts and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Mike1
Mike1

Don’t agree, I think he voiced our frustration about too much talk, talk and too little action.

Anthony
Anthony

Makes me wonder if this is the end of our interest in Zaha or if we will come back in with a similar kind of deal to reach Palace’s valuation of the player.

Xhaka Demus, no Pliers
Xhaka Demus, no Pliers

Perhaps it’s the installments that are facilitating this deal and something we couldn’t do with Palace? Also he’s 3 years younger than Zaha so perhaps could have resale value making him a better investment..?

Heavy Gunner
Heavy Gunner

Elementary, my dear Watson!

Professor Gooner
Professor Gooner

Resale value..
Remember, we’re a big club not sp*rs

SarcasmB0t
SarcasmB0t

Exactly. It’s the installments, stupid.
Premier league clubs operate at a different level financially, which means that large payouts aren’t as appealing to them – especially if the player they’d be losing is crucial to their survival hopes.
It’s also important to remember that 20% of whatever Palace would get would go to Man United.
80 million in France goes much further than 64 million in England.

North London is Redder
North London is Redder

If this happens it’s MASSIVE, I hope Ornstein isn’t just having a laugh.

ScroobiusTrip
ScroobiusTrip

YEEEEEES JAJAJAJAJA

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Wow….but surely we have to have some players leaving this week as well right?? I’m loving the additions but surely the books and wages need balancing???

Nuts
Nuts

So this window we buy attackers,next window defenders🤔

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

That’s what I thought last time

T.Dot.O.Dot
T.Dot.O.Dot

Shut The Front Door!!! The future looks bright

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

This looks like a very good signing if it happens. His numbers last season at Lille were excellent. And he’s just the right age. At last we’re showing real ambition.

But the priority still is to sign at least two quality defenders.

Liam
Liam

Woohoo, we’ve gone from looking likely to having a load of 3-3 draws & 4-3 losses, to looking likely to have a load of 4-4 draws & 5-4 losses
I’m really excited about the prospect of Nicolas Pepe joining, but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SIGN SOME BLOODY DEFENDERS AND PUT MUSTAFI OUT OF OUR COLLECTIVE MISERY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

IGtheshy
IGtheshy

Seriously, people is complaining about the defender issue when Arsenal make such a big signing. FFS, enjoy this signing and see what’s next.

CHIBS
CHIBS

They want to be right that this regime is clueless

Yeshu
Yeshu

What’s next is another fumble in front of Leno. Defense has been an issue forever. Pepe isn’t going to replace Mustafi is he?

Timothy Foden
Timothy Foden

They’re not mutually exclusive. We can be excited AND be desperate for someone to put us out of our mustafery.

Jim
Jim

“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” 40million ha ha ha ha

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Perhaps we were just trolling

BW9

Imagine what was going through Raul’s head when he was getting slated at that Q&A session and had to keep quiet about this Pepe deal.

CHIBS
CHIBS

‘I’ll gobsmack this wisecrack American reporters’

Lack of Perspective
Lack of Perspective

You really are all about nationalities arent you?

CHIBS
CHIBS

Mr Perspective, the interview was granted on the tour ongoing in America no?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

CHIBS you really are unaware of your inherent racism aren’t you? Have a think about why it is that when you refer to people you always mention their nationality and you may start to understand.

CHIBS
CHIBS

Paul you’re acting sad hommie, when you put Racism randomly on some happy person, seems like it’s your own defense mechanism. Hiding a vulnerability mate ? We’re all One man, fuck any form of divide and conquer (religion etc )

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

Well, no wonder he specifically pointed out Edu has no involvement in this window, so if this goes through, he wants all the credit. And I’ll give it to him too!

Mentally Drained Gooner
Mentally Drained Gooner

Let’s do this!!

Chidi
Chidi

Practically an Iwobi but with the finishing. Definitely an upgrade on what we have presently. Maybe it’s just me but I’d rather Everton Soares though. His dribbling is akin to Hazard’s plus he’s got a decent finishing rate too. I think He’d be marginally massive for us over Pepe (not taking anything away from Pepe though).
Still waiting for defensive reinforcements.

CHIBS
CHIBS

Not an Iwobi by any stretch. My dear Iwobi is more like an Alex Song than a very mobile Kanu Nwankwo or a Henry. This guy is mobile and lithe

Psquard
Psquard

Everton Soares could have been a better deal at less than half the price! Everton is also a better overall footballer. Also, his skills set is better fit with the current team members.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Well he has a more footballing name I suppose

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

Where’s the poo-meter when you need it!

Breezymh
Breezymh

Wonder if Paddy V didn’t have a word in his ear about joining us….. cause he too would be here in 2 years time😂😂

Breezymh
Breezymh

Obviously the fact that I just realized that Veira is actually at Nice is beside the point

John
John

Is this curtains for Eddie Nketiah?

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

Why should it be? Pepe will start in the league games. Nketiah can still play europa and cup, otherwise he could go on loan for more experience.

Serpent
Serpent

Send him to Brighton on loan, sign Dunk and be hopefull that Potter will get something really good out of Eddie? 😇

karl
karl

This is the kind of serious lift both the team and fans need. A very exciting and direct player that actually scores from wide areas!

iGooner
iGooner

Oh wow. Just…

WOW.

Kampala gooner
Kampala gooner

Pee! Alright alright alright alright alrighttttttyyyy

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Surprise!

SantaClausola
SantaClausola

Just interested, who would you guys prefer we sign, Vote up for Zaha and Vote down for Pepe.

Dave
Dave

I’d have prefered Everton. But between Zaha and Pepe, I prefer Pepe, so take your downvote I guess?

CHIBS
CHIBS

Enough downvotes and your comment disappears

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Has that been your plan all along CHIBS? 🙂

CHIBS
CHIBS

Lol. Mr Paul Roberts, should change your name to The Shadow of Chibs

Tim
Tim

Fuck outta here with that vote up for this, down for that claptrap nonsense

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Tim has spoken! 🙂

SantaClausola
SantaClausola

Thought it would be easier than having 500 comments!

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

I thought we had no chance of getting him! Wow. Let’s hope he can up his game for the Premier League. Great signing if he can.
If we additionally bring in Tierney and a good centre back we’ll have done very well indeed this summer.
I’m feeling relatively excited again.

Rich
Rich

Ha…. I said one here the other day we were using Jorge Mendes as an intermediary to sign Pepe for €80million, and you all laughed at me..

In the famous words of Nigel Farage:
“Well You’re not laughing now are you?”……

Pepe scored 23 goals (9 penalties) and got 11 assists last season, Ive never seen him play, but at 24 and on a reported 5yr, £100,000 p/w contract, he could prove good value, Providing we can flip him in 2-3 years for £140+ million

Buying elite young talent, and then selling them at peak prices is what we should be aiming to do.

I wonder if anyone comes in for Aubameyang at around the £70-80 mill mark? If we’ll now sell? And then put that money back into our defence? And give Nketiah some opportunities

CHIBS
CHIBS

We’re a new Arsenal project not Benfica

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Wow. That is all.

Chrispy
Chrispy

Holy shit balls. This is massive. There was me thinking we were hanging on to the big time with our finger nails and the the Ornstein drops this bombshell.
He’s a proper player!

Chuqu
Chuqu

Damn! I don’t wanna be over excited.

karl
karl

If you can’t get excited by this player, you are watching the wrong sport. Makes the Zaha fee look hilarious.

CHIBS
CHIBS

Underrated comment

Thisisme
Thisisme

80m for Pepe over Zaha makes sense
If he does well easy a £120m+ player for Real/Barca. Zaha never really had that potential upside.

Nosferatu
Nosferatu

It’s an important consideration, I think, with this new regime. You spend that kind of money on someone who just turned 24 and will either be in his prime for several years with you–and is young enough that you might get both value on the pitch for a few years and in moving him on at, say, age 27 or 28.

(This sounds like a harsh way of evaluating players, but I think it’s necessary in this day-and-age of huge transfer fees and salaries to have more long-thinking perspective.)

AJLove
AJLove

When Hector is fit, him and Pepe on the right could be some combo…

Goonereality
Goonereality

Interesting. It’s £72 million at current rates so £14.4 million a year for 5 years. That’s a reasonable repayment schedule in purely monetary terms (setting aside whether you think the player is worth it or not). It’s still speculation at present though, so we’ll have to wait and see as always.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Wow. Not really seen anything of the player but it is great to see the club really putting itself out there to get big deals done. Never seemed to happen under Wenger/Gazidis. Hope he proves worth it.
Still need a defender or two!

Chiza
Chiza

Call me greedy but i still want Everton on the other wing!!!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Everton Aubameyang Pepe

Ozil Ceballos

Torriera

Mesmerizing!!!!!!!!

Redbaron
Redbaron

Raul pulling a rabbit out of his hat there.

CHIBS
CHIBS

Everyone thumbs down Spainish magician when I say it 😂