Mikel Arteta has denied the possibility of the club offloading Nicolas Pepe, which would likely rule out a move for a winger in the January transfer window or next summer.
Pepe had been linked with a move away from the club due to his limited game time for the Gunners so far this season.
Arsenal are reportedly interested in Raheem Sterling, who is available for a transfer after failing to agree on a contract extension at Man City.
The north London side have also been linked to young Dutch winger, Noa Lang, and Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski, but a deal for one of these wingers now seems highly unlikely.
When asked if Arsenal might let Pepe depart in January during his pre-match press conference, Arteta said: “No, and it is not the moment to talk about that either.
“We are interested in Nico performing at the level that he can do. He had some really good moments since I have been here, some moments where he hasn’t participated that much, like everybody else.”
At the end of the season, Pepe is set to have less than three years on his contract remaining, meaning the club will have decided whether or not they want to offer him a new deal. Nicolas Pepe won’t be leaving Arsenal in January, according to Mikel Arteta.
If a contract extension is not agreed, then Arsenal will have to sell him in the hopes of recuperating some of the £72 million they had paid to sign him in 2019.
The Gunners had been linked with a potential Pepe replacement in Sterling and according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arteta wants to push through with the transfer due to his admiration for the Englishman.
“For Sterling, it is about the contract. Man City have been clear with him – extend the contract, or we will try to sell you in January or next summer,” Romano told The Arsenal Lounge.
“It’s true, Arsenal would love to have him. Mikel Arteta is in love, he is convinced he would be perfect. Man City want more than £50 million.”
Even though the future of Pepe remains uncertain, we should not offload him in January and wait until the summer transfer window instead, to see if the club can raise his value before selling him on.
Being successful in doing so would ease the transfer price burden for someone like Sterling.
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