Arsenal have announced their fourth signing of the summer transfer window with Nicolas Pepe joining them on a club-record deal worth £72m from French side Lille.
A transfer agreement for the attacker was reached last weekend, but the delay in the necessary formalities with the club meant that the announcement was only made on Monday evening.
“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,” he told Arsenal.com.
With the arrival of Pepe, the Gunners have a genuine goalscoring winger in the ranks and the Ivorian will be expected to command a regular role from the right wing, where he has built a reputation for himself.
The 24-year-old has become the club’s fourth signing of this summer’s transfer window following the arrivals of forward Gabriel Martinelli, defender William Saliba and midfielder Dani Ceballos.
Arsenal are currently wrapping up their pre-season campaign and they are scheduled to face Spanish champions Barcelona in the Joan Gamper trophy at the Camp Nou this weekend.
Pepe, who will wear the number 19 shirt, is unlikely to feature in that game after just joining the club, but he could be fast-tracked to make his debut against Newcastle United in the Premier League opener on August 11.
Meanwhile, the Gunners could continue their spending spree before the transfer deadline next week and Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney appears the closest to sign for the club, although there has been no formal agreement.
Aside from this, there could be a potential purchase to strengthen the heart of the defence with manager Unai Emery recently acknowledging that Laurent Koscielny is looking to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.
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