Arsenal forward, Nicolas Pepe, has admitted he will weigh up his options at the end of the season, following another “frustrating” season in England.
The 26-year-old became the Gunners’ record signing when he completed a £72million transfer from Lille in 2019.
But his overall impact at the Emirates has been minor.
Pepe has made just five Premier League starts this season, scoring and assisting once, as Arteta appears to favour the likes of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on the flanks.
However, the Ivory Coast international sent a timely reminder of his quality with a fine goal against World Cup-holders France last Friday and is poised to start against England in another friendly on Tuesday. Pepe clearly feels he has much to offer at club level and will take stock over his situation this summer, by which time he will have two years remaining on his contract.
Speaking on Monday, he said: “I am focused on how well we do until the end of the season and the club’s target, which is getting into the Champions League. Then we will see what happens.” Lifting the lid on his conversations with his manager, Pepe added: “When a team is winning it is hard for a coach to make changes.
“Mikel Arteta has explained that to me and the coach knows what I think and how hard I’m working. It is also about communication. Sometimes it’s not easy to communicate with the language barrier. It has been a tough season for me. Of course, it is frustrating not to play. No player enjoys not playing but I have to respect the coach’s decision and the team is doing well at the moment.
“I have improved since coming to London and English football is totally different from French football, particularly the intensity in the matches and I had to adapt physically and make that transition which I feel I have done.”