Soccer-Arsenal not willing to entertain offers for Pepe, says Arteta

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup - Third Round - Arsenal v Newcastle United - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - January 9, 2021 Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe in action with Newcastle United's Joelinton REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo

(Reuters) - Arsenal are yet to see whether club-record signing Nicolas Pepe will live up to their expectations but the north London club will not entertain offers for the out-of-favour forward in the January transfer window, manager Mikel Arteta said.

Pepe joined Arsenal from French club Lille in 2019 for a reported 72 million pounds ($96.05 million) and was the club's second top scorer last season with 16 goals in all competitions.

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