The two reasons Nicolas Pepe chose to sign for Arsenal instead of Napoli

first_imgThe two reasons Nicolas Pepe chose to sign for Arsenal instead of Napoli Arsenal turned their attentions to Nicolas Pepe after failing with a £40m bid for Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)According to L’Equipe, Pepe chose to sign for Arsenal on account of their rich history of nurturing African and French-based players with the likes Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Nicolas Anelka being prime examples.More recently, Matteo Guendouzi has flourished since his move from Lorient just over a year ago, while the club have high hopes for recent signing William Saliba, who will return to Saint-Etienne next season following confirmation of his £27m arrival.Pepe is also said to have been swayed by the presence of Unai Emery in the Arsenal dugout with the Spanish tactician fully aware of the winger’s talents given his time in charge of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.Emery is also said to have played a decisive role in convincing Dani Ceballos to choose Arsenal, instead of Tottenham, and complete a season-long loan move from Real Madrid.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jul 2019 2:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link919Shares Nicolas Pepe  is set to be confirmed as an Arsenal player after completing a £72m transfer (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe is set to be confirmed as an Arsenal player after he underwent his medical at the club’s London Colney training centre on Tuesday.The 24-year-old will become the north London club’s most expensive ever signing after a £72million fee, which will paid in installments over the course of his five-year contract, was agreed with Lille.Arsenal turned their attentions to Pepe after Crystal Palace refused to lower their £80m valuation of Wilfried Zaha. Lille were prepared, meanwhile, to accept a smaller up front payment, reported to be as little as £20m, while the winger’s wage demands are said to be far lower than those of his compatriot.AdvertisementAdvertisementLiverpool, Manchester United and PSG were said to have registered an interest in Pepe, but Napoli emerged as the biggest threat to Arsenal pulling off one of the biggest transfer coups of the summer to date.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img

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