Robert Pires writes off Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe and hails ‘legend’ Mesut Ozil

Robert Pires has explained why record signing Nicolas Pepe is struggling at Arsenal
Robert Pires has explained why record signing Nicolas Pepe is struggling at Arsenal (Pictures: Getty)

Robert Pires has delivered a damning verdict on Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe, claiming he is ‘simply not cut out’ for the Premier League.

Arsenal spent £72million to sign Ivory Coast international Pepe from Lille in the summer of 2019.

Almost two years on, Pepe is still struggling to produce consistent performances for the Gunners and has started just five of Arsenal’s 19 Premier League matches so far this season.

Arsenal will be reluctant to make a loss on the 25-year-old but club legend Pires cannot ever see him succeeding in the Premier League because his game is ‘not suited’ to English football.

He told The Sun: ‘His game doesn’t suit the intensity and demands of the Premier League.

‘Pepe wasn’t used to it and it has been complicated for him to change his mentality, to adapt to a new way of training and to settle in a tough league.

‘I think he is simply not cut out for English football.’

Pires also claimed Mesut Ozil – who left Arsenal to join Turkish club Fenerbahce earlier in the month – should be regarded as an Arsenal ‘legend’.

Ozil made 254 appearances during his seven-and-a-half-year stint in north London, winning three FA Cups under legendary manager Arsene Wenger.

‘In my opinion Ozil is an Arsenal legend,’ Pires added.

‘We must not forget everything he did for this club and the quality he brought to the team.

‘For me there is no culprit in this story. I know Arteta and I know Ozil. The manager made a decision and Ozil had to accept it, which he did.

‘He never complained but instead continued to train like a professional.

‘He has now found a solution to leave by signing with Fenerbahce and I think everyone’s happy — especially Mesut because he was the one most affected by it.

‘Being frozen out of the squad is very tough. That said, for me Ozil has already gone down as an Arsenal legend.’

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