Arsenal Confirm Pepe Signing

Arsenal looking to offload Elneny following Pepe purchase

Upon putting pen to paper on a deal with the Gunners, the 24-year-old became their most expensive signing ever, joining for a fee of about €80 million (R1.2 billion), and also became the costliest African in the game's history, a record formerly held by Riyad Mahrez.

'I thought of Ozil, the world champions, Lacazette, Aubameyang and many more.

Speaking of his move, Pepe said: "When I knew I was coming to Arsenal, I immediately thought of the French guys who play here".

"They're used differently to when I played". There is always a doubt, of course, no matter who the player is, but from what I'm hearing they're suggesting he'll be a good acquisition.

Pepe was the second player to be confirmed as leaving Lille on Thursday, with Portugal Under-21 forward Rafael Leao joining AC Milan earlier in the day for £27m.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: "Nicolas is a highly rated and talented winger who was wanted by numerous top teams in Europe".

"What I am very happy about is that we have been able to keep him for both periods of the previous transfer window, both the summer transfer window and the winter one".

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

Arsenal have supposedly transfer listed Mohamed Elneny as they look to balance the books from their record transfer of Nicolas Pepe.

Without the lure of Champions League action to attract big names to north London, Emery had endured a hard time in the transfer market until the Gunners persuaded Lille to accept their pay-in-installments offer for Pepe that reportedly spreads the cost of the deal over five years.

The Italians believed they had got the deal done - only for Arsenal's Head of Recruitment Raul Sanllehi to steal in under the radar and match the bid.

"Also, can he take that step up into the Premier League?"