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Arsenal told they were wrong to spend €80m on Pepe

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Nicolas Pepe must improve his contributions in front of goal in order to justify his price tag, according to Jeremie Aliadiere.

Arsenal splashed out €80 million to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille last summer, a move that saw him become the club’s most expensive signing.

Pepe’s huge price tag did raise questions at the time but they were eclipsed in the light of his impressive form with the Serie A side.

But the Ivory Coast international has not quite lived up to his expectations at the Emirates and once again, his valuation has often been doubted this season.

And former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere hints Pepe might turn out to a costly mistake for the club.

“I’m not denying his talent,” Aliadiere told Goal.

“What I’m seeing, though, is the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history and even if you don’t want to think about the money, the fact is that money is, unfortunately, a big thing in football.

“And when you spend that much money on a player, you expect more goals and you expect more assists. For a player who cost £72m, it’s the simple parts of the game that sometimes I see him lacking. “

However, Aliadiere did not speak only negatively for the winger. He later added that the 24-year old might even surprise his doubters given ample time.