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Trio eye Nicolas Pepe as Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal transfer ‘priority’ emerges

Arsenal were given a stark reminder of how far they have to go by Liverpool, and Mikel Arteta maybe targeting the next couple of transfer windows to bolster his side

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Mikel Arteta reflects on Arsenal’s defeat at Liverpool

Mikel Arteta’sArsenal side were dealt a footballing lesson by Jurgen Klopp’s relentless Liverpool team.

The Gunners looked to have clicked into gear when they arrived at Anfield with a Premier League unbeaten streak stretching back to the end of August.

However, the North Londoners were given a first hand demonstration of how far behind the Reds they are, as Liverpool swept them aside 4-0.

While there were some great passages of play from Arteta’s side, the overall quality of the Reds was what separated both sides overall.

And the Gunners may look to try and bridge the gap in the upcoming transfer windows – Mirror Football assesses the recent rumours surrounding the Emirates Stadium.

Nicolas Pepe looking for Emirates Exit

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Nicolas Pepe has been linked with a variety of moves elsewhere
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Former Premier League striker Noel Whelan said Everton should consider a loan move for Nicolas Pepe, amid recent speculation linking the Ivory Coast star with an Emirates exit.

Pepe arrived into North London with a huge reputation and an enormous £72m price tag, however, consistency has been hard to find for the former Lille forward.

French outlet Jeunes Footeux claim Everton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace are all reportedly courting the precocious 24-year-old in lieu of a potential transfer.

And Whelan believes the Toffees should make an approach for the dynamic winger in January.

“I think if you’re going to take a chance on Nicolas Pepe, we know there’s a player there,” Whelan said to the Football Insider.

“Right now, Arsenal are offloading him or wanting to offload him for a reason. Because he’s not done it.”

Gunners’ striker ‘priority’

Mikel Arteta is targeting a new striker according to reports

Arsenal attempted to conclude their spectacular transfer window with the signing of a new striker to lead the line.

The Gunners chased the signature of Lautaro Martinez, but any move became impossible after his former Inter Milan strike partner was sold to Chelsea.

In the end, Arteta’s side did not manage to sign another striker, but with Alexandre Lacazette’s contract expiring next season and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang entering his final year next summer, the forward area remains a point of concern.

And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claim the forward area will be a priority for the Gunners, although there are not too many reports as to who that target could be.

“From what I’m told the priority for Arsenal, in (the) last days of the summer window and in January or next summer if it won’t be January is a striker,” Romano said to the Arsenal lounge.

“I expect Arsenal to sign a new striker, but I don’t know if they will be able to do it in January because the January transfer window is never easy.”

Pablo Mari’s dissatisfaction

Pablo Mari has reportedly become dissatisfied with life at Arsenal

Forgotten Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is reportedly ‘Unsatisfied’ with his current predicament in North London.

The Brazilian started the Gunners’ abysmal opening defeats against Brentford and Chelsea, but the 28-year-old has not played any Premier League football since.

Arteta and Arsenal technical director Edu thought they had found a bargain, when they signed the defender from Brazilian side Flamengo during the 2020 summer transfer window.

However, his time as a Gunner has experienced a spectacular landslide as reports from Flamengo dedicated Youtuber Mauro Sant’Anna claimed he is ‘unsatisfied’ with his current situation at Arsenal.

He is currently behind £54m summer signing Ben White and fellow Brazilian Gabriel, as well as Rob Holding and Callum Chambers.

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