According to the BBC, Arsenal have agreed a fee of £72 million with Lille to sign Nicolas Pepe. The player’s representatives must now strike a deal with the Gunners before the winger’s switch to the Emirates Stadium can be completed.
If the north London club can pull this transfer off it will be a major statement of intent. Having missed out on Champions League qualification last season, for the third consecutive campaign, to sign such an exciting talent demonstrates the club’s ambition to reach the highest level again.
Pepe is hot property right now. Last season, the 24-year-old was in prolific form. Over the course of the campaign, he registered 23 goals and 12 assists for Lille in all competitions. If he can translate that form over to the Premier League, then Arsenal will have one of the most potent attackers in the country.
Unai Emery will certainly be delighted to add Pepe to his ranks. Having lost Welbeck on a free transfer, the Spanish coach’s squad is short on wide players. The 11-cap Ivory Coast international represents a huge upgrade on the Englishman too.
Following the emergence of the aforementioned report, plenty of Arsenal fans took to Twitter to give their reactions to the news.
I’m an arsenal fan again.
— Slevin Elevin (@Negative_Gooner) July 27, 2019
Probably end up selling auba to fund it…really hope not though 👌👌
— Ryan duffy (@Duffyduffs79) July 27, 2019
Orny please don’t be toying with us. Surely we shouldn’t be talking about this till he’s in the shirt 🙏
If this is true and we have Chambers and holding as starting CB with the Sok as back up, I’ll be a happy Gooner for the first time in a while.
— The world’s gone nuts (@LeftiesN) July 27, 2019
Omg omg omg omg omg
— Spanish Gooner (@elspanishgooner) July 27, 2019
Am I the only one who would prefer Zaha and can’t understand why it hasn’t been wrapped up already?…
— Reece Parke (@reeceparke23) July 27, 2019
We could get relegated and sign Mbappe! Biggest club in the world, we sign who we want
— AubaDouzi (@ArsenalKid94) July 27, 2019
This is absolutely wonderful news. I have been using my inside voice to tell people to shut up and stop being silly until Big Dave reported it. Yeeeessssssssssss
— Anthony McBride (@amcb1983) July 27, 2019