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Unai Emery names the three reasons Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery names the three reasons Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 5:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal have smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed his delight at having secured the signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille.The 24-year-old completed his medical earlier this week and was finally confirmed as an Arsenal player on Thursday after a £72million deal was agreed.Despite reports of a meagre £45m budget, Arsenal have obliterated their transfer record and the Ivory Coast international will form part of a devastating looking attack alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Arsenal beat off competition from Napoli to secure the Ivory Coast international’s services, while a clutch of Premier League clubs including Liverpool and Chelsea were credited with an interest.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 Speaking after confirmation of Pepe’s signing, Emery said: ‘Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.‘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 is in line to make his debut against Barcelona on Sunday and Arsenal will hope he will be fully fit in time to play some part in their Premier League opener against Newcastle a week on Friday.‘Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me,’ said Pepe. ‘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.’More: 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 Advertisement Commentlast_img read more