How Arsenal duo Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah could impact Edu’s future transfer plans



Alan Smith believes Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah both have the opportunity to influence Arsenal’s transfer plans when they face Leeds United tonight.

The Gunners duo both debut against the Whites in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup tonight, with Mikel Arteta naming a very different side to the one that beat Aston Villa on Friday night in the Premier League.

Pepe is making his eighth appearance of the season in all competitions as he seeks to cement a regular first-team spot under Arteta, with the Ivorian international often criticized for his level of consistency.

However, there is no doubt that the 26-year-old winger is in great shape, and he will be desperate to show his abilities against Leeds at the Emirates Stadium.

Nketiah, meanwhile, has less than 12 months on his contract with Arsenal and is expected to be sold either in the January transfer window or next summer as it is, but could help change the deal. ‘notice the Gunners tonight with a glittering display against his former club.

Smith, formerly of Arsenal, has said on Sky Sports that Arsenal need to add more depth to their squad in the next transfer windows, but believes there is an opportunity for Pepe and Nketiah to grab the attention of their team. ‘Arteta tonight.

He said: “When you scratch under the surface of Arsenal’s top 13 or 14 players, the quality is not as high as you would ideally like.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – AUG 25: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal in action during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on August 25, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse / Getty Images)

“This is something Arteta will try to get in the next two transfer windows, but there is a chance for Nketiah and Pepe to grab the manager’s attention and work their way into the starting XI. . “

Smith has also said Arsenal are not involved in European competition this season and believes Arteta has been able to use his main strength on the training ground due to his free time compared to his Premier League rivals.

The former Gunners man said: “What I would say about that, too, is that Arteta’s strength is on the training ground.

“He obviously had those spare weeks, the space and time that any coach would want and you can see that in the post-match and pre-match interviews, they’re always frustrated that they don’t have that much time. ‘training but it’s a young team that can be improved on the training ground and Arteta is a very good man to do it.

“This season could be really helpful for the rebuilding.”


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