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Pepe linked with Arsenal exit

Nicolas Pépé has been linked with a summer exit from Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast international was the Gunners record signing when he joined the club from Lille  for a  fee of £72 million in the summer of 2019, but despite winning the FA Cup in his first season he has struggled to adapt to life in North London.

He has made just five Premier League starts this season, and with Bukayo Saka ahead of him in his preferred right wing position he is very much second choice under Mikel Arteta.

One problem that has hindered his adaptation is the language barrier. In an interview at the weekend the Spaniard made clear that the ability to communicate is vital to create an identity within the club and the dressing room.

Pépé is struggling still to master English after nearly three years at the club.

The 26-year old, who had a quiet game for the Ivory Coast in their friendly against England on Tuesday night, will still have two years left in his contract at the end of the season, but whether he sees them out is open to question currently.

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