Arsenal 'ready' to sell record signing

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Arsenal are reportedly prepared to sell their club-record signing Nicolas Pepe if the right offer comes in.

Pepe joined the Gunners from Lille last year in deal reportedly worth £72million, however the Ivorian is yet to replicate the form he showed in Ligue 1.

According to the Daily Star, the Gunners are now ready to part ways with the attacker should the right offer come in for his services.

The report adds that Arsenal would be open to a loan with an obligation to make the move permanent as they look to garner some funds for his services.

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"Nicolas Pepe looks out of his depth and he’s going to have to do it against much better teams than Molde to change my opinion," ex-Arsenal star Paul Merson told StarSport.

"I can understand how he got sent off in the Leeds game. He’s been having a nightmare ever since he joined Arsenal and one Europa League goal in Norway won’t change that.

"He let his frustration get the better of him against Leeds and did something silly with the headbutt, because things haven’t been going well for him at Arsenal for months. He came in for £70-odd million. If they’d bought him for £20m nobody would be moaning. But the fee brings pressure, and he’s not been able to handle it.

"I watch him play and I don’t know what he brings to the table. But it’s not his fault Arsenal are struggling."