Arsenal submitted transfer offer for Wilfried Zaha to put pressure on Nicolas Pepe

first_imgArsenal submitted transfer offer for Wilfried Zaha to put pressure on Nicolas Pepe Coral BarryTuesday 1 Oct 2019 4:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisement Comment Zaha was desperate to join Arsenal during the summer (Picture: Getty)Zaha handed in a transfer request in a bid to force his way out of the club, but Crystal Palace were furious with Arsenal’s valuation of their star attacker.AdvertisementAdvertisementAfter a £40m opening bid was submitted, Palace described the offer as ‘derisory’, but it appears Arsenal were trying to put pressure on Pepe’s team to make a decision.While Zaha may not be pleased to be used as a pawn in negotiations with Pepe’s representatives, his rival has failed to hit the ground running at Arsenal. Advertisement Pepe is Arsenal’s record signing (Picture: Getty)Arsenal made an offer for Wilfried Zaha in a bid to put pressure on Nicolas Pepe to agree terms on a move to the Emirates, reports say.Pepe joined Arsenal in a £72million transfer from Lille during the summer in a massive coup for the reportedly cash-strapped Gunners.The Athletic claim discussions between Pepe’s team and intermediaries for Arsenal began in February, as the London club aimed to lay the groundwork for their summer deals well ahead of time.Pepe would eventually become Arsenal’s record signing, but not before the Gunners made a play to lure Zaha to the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Pepe is facing a confidence crisis (Picture: Getty)‘The confidence must come back. I am not very worried. People may be worried about statistics, but I’m not.‘I have to keep working because the level is different, so is the language. It’s a new championship for me. I have to adapt quickly but it will not be long.’MORE: Manchester United star Paul Pogba could miss Newcastle clash after injury setback against ArsenalMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Unai Emery speaks after Manchester United DrawTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:24FullscreenUnai Emery speaks after Manchester United Drawhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-speaks-manchester-united-draw-2017004/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Pepe cut a frustrated figure in Arsenal’s draw with Manchester United on Monday night and admitted his confidence is low after a difficult start to life in London.‘[My start] It’s not been easy, we must tell the truth,’ Pepe told RMC after last night’s stalemate.I’m not good enough in my stats or my usual form, it’s not the same as in Lille or during the Liverpool match early in the season.last_img read more

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claims Jamie Vardy should have been sent off before Eddie Nketiah red card

first_imgThe Spaniard felt Leicester’s frontman should have seen red himself (Pictures: Sky Sports)Mikel Arteta has taken aim at Jamie Vardy over his challenge on Shkodran Mustafi during Arsenal’s draw with Leicester City on Tuesday night and believes the forward should have seen red.The Gunners took an early lead at the Emirates after Bukayo Saka put the ball on a plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, though the match ultimately hinged on a moment in the second half when an intervention from VAR saw Eddie Nketiah sent off for a late challenge.Arsenal’s 10-man rear guard could not hold on, conceding to Vardy late on – though Arteta feels the Leicester frontman should not even have been on the pitch and questioned the refereeing. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 11:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Comment Vardy caught Mustafi’s face with his studs at the very end of the first half (Picture: DAZN)Reacting to Arteta’s comments, Jamie Redknapp said: ‘This is one where only Jamie Vardy can tell us if he meant to do him or not, because he slips and then they go in for a challenge and his right foot goes into [Mustafi’s] eye and it looks really nasty.‘I’d like to think he wouldn’t mean that, but I can see what Mikel Arteta is saying because it looks really dangerous and he’s caught him in his face with his studs.’On the VAR decision to send Nketiah off, Arteta added: ‘I don’t understand the rules. Since I’ve been in this country, in the last year I’ve never seen a referee check any of the images. It’s the rules, I can do nothing now.’MORE: Cesc Fabregas leaps to Eddie Nketiah’s defence after red card against LeicesterMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang delighted for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli after Arsenal tie down young duoFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Vardy netted at the death to dent Arsenal’s slim Champions League hopes (Picture: Getty)Asked for his thoughts on the game and the red card, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘Well I’m extremely proud of our team, the way we played, against this type of opposition, how dominant we were.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The first half that we made, clearly we should have gone three or four nil up and killed the game – and that’s what you have to do against this type of opposition.‘With the red card decision, he doesn’t see the player, he has to know he’s a young kid. It can be a red card.‘But then Leicester has to play with 10 men after 42 minutes.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAsked which challenge he was referring to, he continued: ‘For one challenge which is between the 40 and the 45 minutes – that has to be a red card as well.’Probed again on which challenge he meant, Arteta said: ‘One challenge which is between the 40 and the 45 minutes.’The challenge he was referring to happened just before the half-time break when Vardy and Mustafi came together, with the Leicester forward’s boot hitting the defender in the face on the deck, and Arteta clearly thought there was more malice in the challenge.center_img Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claims Jamie Vardy should have been sent off before Eddie Nketiah red card Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more