Arsenal has today officially confirmed the signing of Nicolas pepe for club record fee of £72m from Lillie.
The 24yrs former Lille player is now the most expensive African player and also the most expensive Arsenal player. Pepe scored 35 goals in 74 ligue 1 appearances last season.
According to the former angers player, he is emotional and has come a long way.
“Being here is very emotional,” said Pepe. “I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.”
He added: “It was important to make the right decision and I am convinced that Arsenal is the right choice.”
A very elated arsenal coach unai emery has nothing but praise for the new recruit
“Nicolas is a highly rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe,” said Gunners boss Unai Emery.
“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.”
During the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season, only Paris St-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe had more combined goals and assists than Pepe, who will wear the number 19 shirt for Arsenal.