Pepe joined Arsenal in a £72million transfer from Lille in the course of the summer time in a large coup for the reportedly cash-strapped Gunners.
The Athletic declare discussions between Pepe’s staff and intermediaries for Arsenal started in February, because the London membership aimed to lay the groundwork for their summer time offers effectively forward of time.
Pepe would ultimately change into Arsenal’s document signing, however not earlier than the Gunners made a play to lure Zaha to the Emirates..
Zaha handed in a transfer request in a bid to pressure his method out of the membership, however Crystal Palace had been livid with Arsenal’s valuation of their star attacker.
After a £40m opening bid was submitted, Palace described the offer as ‘derisory’, nevertheless it seems Arsenal had been attempting to put pressure on Pepe’s staff to decide.
While Zaha is probably not happy to be used as a pawn in negotiations with Pepe’s representatives, his rival has failed to hit the bottom operating at Arsenal.
Pepe lower a annoyed determine in Arsenal’s draw with Manchester United on Monday evening and admitted his confidence is low after a troublesome begin to life in London.
‘[My start] It’s not been simple, we should inform the reality,’ Pepe advised RMC after final evening’s stalemate.
I’m not ok in my stats or my traditional kind, it’s not the identical as in Lille or in the course of the Liverpool match early within the season..
‘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 brand new championship for me. I’ve to adapt shortly nevertheless it is not going to be lengthy.’