Arsenal Sign Nicolas Pepe From Lille For £72 Million

English Premier League side, Arsenal have signed Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille for a club-record fee of £72m.

The 24-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Emirates Stadium after having a medical on Tuesday and will wear the number 19 shirt.

He scored 35 goals in 74 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille, who he joined from Angers in 2017.

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Speaking at his unveiling at North London club, Pepe said:

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

It was important to make the right decision and I am convinced that Arsenal is the right choice.

Gunners coach, Unai 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 becomes the fourth most expensive signing in Premier League history after Manchester United duo Paul Pogba (£89m) and Romelu Lukaku (£75m), and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk (£75m).

More: BBC Football

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