NICOLAS PEPE could be the next big name to leave Arsenal for nothing.
The Gunners are ready to give up the record-breaking £72m signing and even fear having to pay for him to leave.
When Pepe leaves Arsenal this summer, the Gunners will have lost £340million in signings without making a penny back in the time since taking over from Mikel Arteta.
While things are looking rosy on the pitch with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, off the pitch Arteta is unafraid of washing out big names with big contracts.
Ten players have left the club for nothing since he took office in 2019.
And here they are…
Mesut Özil, signed for £42.5m in 2013, spent seven and a half years at the Emirates.
His contract ended six months early in 2021 but the playmaker still helped the Gunners to four FA Cups in his 254 appearances for the club.
German world champion Özil retired from professional football earlier this month.
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After being sacked as Arsenal captain in December 2021, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left for nothing just weeks later.
Like Ozil, he too had his contract torn up prematurely and agreed to leave the club by mutual consent, initially joining Barcelona before joining Chelsea last summer.
French striker Alexandre Lacazette followed Aubameyang out the door five months later.
After joining the club for £47million in 2017, he was allowed to leave for free when his contract expired last summer.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners as part of the swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join Manchester United.
He was shipped to Roma on loan 18 months later and joined the Italians permanently the following season when his Arsenal contract was mutually terminated in September 2020.
German defender Shkodran Mustafi’s contract was terminated by mutual agreement in February 2021.
He first joined the club in 2016 for £35million, winning the FA Cup twice and making 151 appearances for the club.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, another whose contract was terminated early by mutual consent, left Arsenal in January 2021.
The 34-year-old, who now plays for Greek club Olympiacos, made 69 appearances for the Gunners in two and a half years at the club.
Left-back Sead Kolasinac was terminated and left by mutual consent in January 2022, allowing him to join French club Marseille.
The 29-year-old made 118 appearances for the Gunners after joining from German club Schalke in June 2017.
Longtime Arsenal servant Hector Bellerin spent ten years at the Emirates before departing in September 2022.
His contract was terminated by mutual consent and he joined Barcelona after spending the previous season on loan at Real Betis and is currently on loan from Barca to Sporting.
Versatile defender Calum Chambers joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2014.
He spent seven and a half years at the club before joining Aston Villa on a free transfer in January 2022
After leaving Chelsea for a second time, Brazil defender David Luiz spent two seasons at Arsenal from 2019 to 2021.
He left the Emirates for nothing when his contract expired at the end of the 2020-21 season and won an FA Cup in his 73 appearances for the club.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7715822/arsenal-close-allowing-340million-worth-signings-leave-free/ Arsenal are on the verge of allowing £340million in signings for NOTHING during the Arteta era