Lille are laughing all the way to the bank after the Nicolas Pepe deal with Arsenal, according to Martin Keown.
Martin believes the London club overpaid for the underperforming £72 million ($89m) forward.
With very high expectations, Pepe has netted only one goal in 9 games, and it was even a penalty Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang allowed him to take.
Speaking on the deal recently, Martin Keown had this to say, “If you think back to Arsene Wenger, he would never have blocked the path of a young player but they are in danger of doing that with Bukayo Saka.
“Pepe, is he going to get into the team? It’s a massive amount of money they have paid for him and Lille will be laughing all the way to the bank with that one.
“It’s still early days and maybe the player will turn it around but I haven’t really seen what I expected to see from him.”
“I said when I saw the team how promising it was.
“Some really good performances, particularly Tierney, [Hector] Bellerin maybe not quite ready.
“[Gabriel] Martinelli up top, really good for the club, great signing he looks like, really promising.
“But Tierney looks the closest to pushing his way, forcing his way, into the team, a bit early for Bellerin.
“[Rob] Holding as well, nice and solid, I like the midfield, [Joe] Willock, [Lucas] Torreira, there’s cases for them maybe forcing their way into the Arsenal first team. Competition for places is what Emery wants.
“I was out of my seat a few times for Tierney on that left-hand side. Kolasinac is under pressure and, when players are under pressure, that’s when they have to perform.
“Holding as well, wherever you look in that Arsenal performance, it’s really promising for the rest of the season.”
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