According to French source Telefoot, Arsenal are willing to match Lille’s £44m asking price for red-hot winger Nicolas Pepe, with the Ivorian also attracting interest from Bayern, Dortmund and Chelsea.
A left-footed right winger, the former Angers man is adept at cutting infield and has chalked up eight goals and seven assists in just 12 games to help Lille soar to third in the standings. Only fellow Ligue 1 speedster Kylian Mbappe has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions (17) across Europe’s top five leagues.
Arsenal are preparing for life without Aaron Ramsey as the Welshman’s contract controversy seems to be finally resolved and Pepe will be seen as the former Cardiff man’s replacement.
Beyond Alex Iwobi, the Gunners currently lack natural wingers with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being shifted out wide in Unai Emery’s five man midfield so Pepe would perhaps bring more balance to the side.
However some Arsenal fans feel that that kind of money can be better spent, with others believing that the answer to the winger void is already on the books.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter.
Why sign him when Nelson is doing great on loan.
— Lanre ادريس ابراهىم ?? (@IdreesDGooner) November 5, 2018
I prefer a CB for that kind of money. We got Nelson n Iwobi on the wings blud
— Limanye (@Limanye8) 6 November 2018
Prefer lozano if we’re spending 50 million
— Dan Chapman (@ElDanMan86) 5 November 2018
Just wait for reiss to come back, he’s banging them in Germany
— Anurag Bist (@Anurag_bist) 5 November 2018
If we do sign Pepe, that would surely rule out the signing of Malcolm or Dembele. Would take either of them over Pepe tbh.
— Spookyesque ? (@MasterfulAndre) 5 November 2018
Would be an awfull signing imo, specially for that price
— Juego De Posesión (@OdegaardEsque) 5 November 2018
Nah why don’t we spend dat kinda money on Kalidou Koulibaly
— imran?⚪️??‼️ (@ImranR1o) 6 November 2018
I’ve not heard of him. My god I need to start watching the other leagues more. But a winger is definitely what’s needed.
— AFC Dave (@afcdave79) 6 November 2018
Dont rate him at all.
— Sir Arsène (@MVTheGunner) 5 November 2018
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