Nicolas Pepe: Arsenal Breaks Transfer Record to Sign £72m Striker From Lille

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille for a club-record fee.

The 24-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Emirates Stadium after having a medical on Tuesday.

“Nicolas is a highly rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said in a statement.

“Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.

“He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.”

Pepe’s arrival will be a massive boost to Unai Emery, who has been desperate to bring in a winger who will be able to offer genuine support for Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the final third.

He had an outstanding season with Lille in 2018/19, scoring 23 goals and registering 12 assists in 41 games.

“Being here is very emotional,” said Pepe. “I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.”

Pepe follows Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos and William Saliba through the door at Arsenal this summer.

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