Arsenal get their man! Nicolas Pepe

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Nicolas Pepe Transfer News – Arsenal FC finally confirmed the signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille FC last week for a fee of £72m. Napoli and Manchester United were also said to be interested in the winger but Arsenal was ready to match and better their offer as and when required. Nicolas Pepe is a 24-year-old winger who plays for the club, Lille in Ligue 1, and the Ivory Coast in International Games. The Ivorian winger finished second in the league, in terms of the number of goals scored. He was just behind Kylian Mbappe for the 2018/19 season. Mbappe scored 33 goals whereas Pepe scored 22 goals. It has to be taken into consideration that Pepe plays as a winger and not as a striker. He has also been a part of the Team of the Season for the last 2 seasons.

nicolas pepe transfer news

Nicolas Pepe Transfer News

Apart from the goals, Pepe also provided 17 assists this season. Pepe outperformed the standards and benchmarks that were set by Eden Hazard during his time at Lille. Analysts are now suggesting that he could become an even bigger player. Pepe won his team five penalties with his tricky footwork and converted from the spot, nine times. Arsenal was in pursuit of a winger for a long time ever since the departure of Walcott and Chamberlain. Pepe is likely to be a regular starter for the gunners and another french man in their arsenal. He is going to play alongside Lacazette and Aubmayang forming an attacking trio much like other successful premier league clubs.

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Nicolas Pepe Transfer News

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Pepe is the complete attacking package and has lightning pace just like the other existing forward, Unai Emery. The current AFC manager will definitely strategize his tactics and approach in line with Pepe’s strengths. He will be wearing the number 19 jersey for the gunners and will also be missing out on Champions League Football which he enjoyed with Lille. Arsenal didn’t qualify in the top 4 last season. The expectation at Emirates is going to be high not just for Pepe but for Emery who now will be leading the team in his second season knowing the Premier League better.

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