Reports emerged on Friday night suggesting that Arsenal are competing with Napoli for the signature of Nicolas Pepe, the highly talented and coveted Lille winger.
Gianluca Di Marzio broke the news on his website, news which has since been confirmed and expanded upon by ever-reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein, who claims a deal has been agreed for €80m (£71.8m) to be paid in instalments.
The deal would represent Arsenal’s fourth signing of the transfer window, and would be an incredibly exciting deal considering the winger managed to conjure up a sublime total of 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 last season.
Strangely, though, not all fans are happy about the deal, and many have questioned the signing when the Gunners seem more in need of defensive acquisitions both centrally and at full-back.
It’s not all fans by any means, but not everyone is sharing unbounded enthusiasm about the potential deal for Pepe.
Here’s what some of the Arsenal fans on Twitter had to say in response to Pepe reports…
Need defenders though
— Aaron??????? (@Aaron_NCAFC) July 27, 2019
Would rather spend that sort of money on a centre back
— Jags (@jagsviera) July 27, 2019
Just the defensive leader we need…?♂️
— ????? (@zvsty) July 27, 2019
But you can’t defend haha
— Steve Clarke (@Ynwasteve94) July 27, 2019
Good player but money could be used elsewhere??⚪
— Arsenal Mölndal (@Afc_Molndal) July 27, 2019
Pepe is world class but still want a CB
— James Hodsgon (@jhodgson29) July 27, 2019
That would represent a coup and a huge statement but until a central defender and Tierney deals are done I can not get excited.
— NanaQwesi Gunner (@NanaQwesi86) July 27, 2019
Perhaps we are signing the wrong Pepe. We need a CB, back up RB and a LB. Why spend most of it on a winger if we are going to concede 50+ goals?
— Amrit Kahlon (@amritkahlon87) July 27, 2019
We need defenders, why not buy two defenders since last years problems were on defense
— okwahumanradio (@okwahumanradio) July 27, 2019