Arsenal’s record signing Nicolas Pepe has said that it was a ‘very logical’ choice to join the north London club, given their ambition of returning to the Champions League in the near future.
The Ivory Coast international was associated with some of Europe’s elite clubs during the summer before he made the surprise move to the Gunners in a club-record deal worth £72m.
Pepe has since shown glimpses of his quality through substitute appearances in the opening two Premier League games, and he could be handed with a starting role when the Gunners tackle Liverpool on Saturday.
Prior to that, he has spoken in an interview covered by the club’s official website, where he has revealed the reason behind choosing the Gunners ahead of other European heavyweights.
The former Lille man revealed that he is an ambitious person and he was attracted by the club’s objective of qualifying for the Champions League, which has not happened in the past three campaigns.
“I chose to come here because it’s a club with a lot of ambition. They have the dream of coming back to the Champions League and I am also an ambitious person, so the choice was very logical,” he said.
The 24-year-old went further to talk about the chance of winning silverware through the Europa League and believes the club have the capacity to go one further than the previous campaign to celebrate European glory.
“The idea is to win the Europa League and that is a goal of ours. It’s a European event and our goal is to do better than last season. I believe we will,” he added.
Pepe has seen just over an hour of first-team action during the first two games of the Premier League season, but he should earn more playing time at Anfield, considering he has been in the Gunners setup for more than a few weeks.
Arsenal have a dismal recent record against Liverpool on the road with no points from the previous three visits. The prime objective for the weekend would be to get something from the game and Pepe has the chance to step up after settling with the side.