Former Arsenal coach. Unai Emery has claimed that he was forced to sign Nicolas Pepe who performed woefully compared to other signings he had in mind.
According to Emery, the Ivorian star only managed to score 6 goals for the club since his arrival in 2019 for £72 million.
The ex-Gunners’ boss told SunSport
that he had wanted the £120million Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha who he claimed he was in talks with.
He said, “Pepe has not been impressive since joining the Emirates club as he has only managed just 6 goals in 32 matches for the club in all competitions.
“He’s a good player but we didn’t know his character and he needs time, patience.
“I favoured someone who knew the league and wouldn’t need to adapt.
“Zaha won games on his own: Tottenham, Manchester City, us. Incredible performances. I told them: This is the player I know and want. I met Zaha and he wanted to come.
“The club decided Pepe was one for the future. I said: Yes, but we need to win now and this lady wins games. He beat us on his own.” he said.
Unfortunately, Emery was sacked November 2019 following the club’s poor form.
In another development, CANDIIDONLINE gathered that former Manchester United star Gary Neville has questioned the rationale behind the club wanting to sign 30-year-old Odion Ighalo permanently for £20million.
Ighalo made instant statement since his arrival at the Old Trafford club on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua scoring four goals in his eight appearances for the Reds.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly impressed with the former Watford man and it was gathered that he is ready to splash £20 million ($25m) on the ex-Watford striker.