Bayern Munich join Arsenal in hunt for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal face competition in the market for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe from Bayern Munich, according to SportBild via talkSPORT.

What’s the word?

Unai Emery is flying high at Arsenal following nine consecutive wins in all competitions but there is still a lot of work to do in order for the Gunners to seal a spot in the Premier League’s top-four and secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

Further action is expected in the market come January, where Emery may make finding a replacement for Alexis Sanchez his priority as the Gunners currently lack options in the wide positions – and Lille’s Nicolas Pepe is a target.

However, SportBild via talkSPORT state Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are also in the hunt for the 23-year-old who has impressed this season by scoring six goals in nine Ligue 1 matches.

The right target?

While Arsenal have numerous options through the middle, the wide positions are currently depleted with only Alex Iwobi standing in the squad as a natural winger. Despite his vast improvements this season, further depth is required.

A goalscoring wide player like Pepe is the perfect candidate to provide another edge to Arsenal’s attack and it would allow Emery to shake-up his formation for the Gunners as he did in the recent drubbing of Fulham, when he paired Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck together.

Beating Bayern Munich in the hunt will be difficult but Arsenal will be able to offer more regular first-team opportunities to the 23-year-old and should certainly place the winger at the top of their transfer wishlist.