Nicolas Pepe can follow Theo Walcott transfer plan and give Arsenal and Edu £55m January option – Bailey Keogh

Nicolas Pepe could be on his way out of Arsenal in the summer, with Everton being a potential destination, as the Toffees have been known to sign previous out-of-favour wingers for the north London club.

At the end of the season, Pepe will have two years remaining on his contract, meaning Arsenal have a decision to make, whether they want sell him or not.

Everton have signed Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott from the Gunners recently, who were not regulars at the time of their sale, and it could be an avenue they revisit.

If Edu does receive an approach from the Merseyside club, then it is a transfer he should seal, when you consider the success of the previous sales to Everton.

Alex Iwobi was sold to the Toffees in a deal that was worth up to £34 million in 2019. The Nigerian international came through the Hale End academy and made an instant impact under Arsene Wenger during the 2015/16 season.

Alex Iwobi left Arsenal in a big-money move to Everton.
Alex Iwobi left Arsenal in a big-money move to Everton.

But as the seasons went on, Iwobi’s performance levels continued to decline all the way to the point where he was no longer required and eventually offloaded by Edu.

Since departing Arsenal, he has struggled to stamp his marker at Everton and has fallen out of favour with the fans and Rafa Benitez, highlighting that the £34m the Gunners’ received proved to be a steal.

A year before the sale of Iwobi, Theo Walcott had been sold to the Toffees for a fee of around £20m, which once again seemed very hefty.

Theo Walcott in Everton Training.
Theo Walcott struggled at Everton.

At 28-years-old, Walcott was suffering from a lot of injuries and could not regain his starting spot in Arsene Wenger’s side, so he left the club in the January transfer window during the 2017/2018 season.

The Englishman was another former Arsenal player failing to live up to expectations at Everton, as after a couple of mediocre seasons he was loaned back to Southampton, which eventually became a permanent deal in the summer.

With Walcott and Iwobi both being sold to Everton for a hefty price, the same could be done with Nicolas Pepe, who they are reportedly interested in.

Arsenal needs to generate as much revenue as possible for the Ivorian, considering that the club paid £72m for him in 2019.

With the 26-year-old no longer in Mikel Arteta’s plans, a transfer away from the club is becoming the most viable option for both parties, with his contract continuing to run down.

Pepe is a good player and will have more of an impact at Everton than Walcott or Iwobi. He just has to be utilised correctly which Arsenal have been unable to do.

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