Arsenal confirm £72m club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille

first_imgArsenal confirm £72m club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille Comment Advertisement He enjoyed a superb campaign last season, scoring 22 times and laying on 11 assists in Ligue 1 – only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe (33 goals, 7 assists) was involved in more goals.Speaking about the move, Pepe told Arsenal’s website: ‘Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me. I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.‘It was my family and my agents [who encouraged me to make the move].‘We talked and thought a lot about it. It was at the time of the CAN [Africa Cup of Nations] as well, we thought a lot during, before and after the CAN.‘It was important to make the right decision and I am convinced that Arsenal is the right choice.’Pepe’s arrival continues a busy summer of transfer activity for Arsenal, who have already signed Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba – who returns to Saint Etienne for the 2019/20 season – and Dani Ceballos on loan.The Gunners are also believed to be looking to offload Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny and want to sign a replacement centre-back, as well as Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, before the window closes.Where will Arsenal finish in the 2019/20 Premier League season?1st0%2nd0%3rd0%4th0%5th0%6th0%7th or lower0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 4:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Pepe’s arrival smashes the £55m Arsenal paid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have confirmed the club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille, with the Ivory Coast international signing a five-year contract at the Emirates.Unai Emery has been eager to add a new winger to his squad this summer and after being rebuffed by Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha, Arsenal stepped up their pursuit of Pepe.The north Londoners have agreed to pay an astonishing £72million for the 24-year-old, beating off competition from the likes of Napoli, and he becomes the most expensive African footballer of all time.Pepe jetted into London on Tuesday and successfully passed a medical, as well as posing for pictures in his new club’s shirt and putting pen to paper on his contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal will reportedly only pay £20m up front this summer, with the rest paid in installments over the next five years, while Pepe will earn in excess of £100,000-a-week.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWelcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe 🤩🇨🇮 #PepeIsHere ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/nXJIB9XdLW— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019 Advertisementlast_img

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