Arsenal promised Nicolas Pepe they will make immediate return to the Champions League

first_imgPepe had plenty of interest after scoring 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season (Picture: Getty)As well as being able to guarantee Pepe the game time he wanted, Telefoot report that Arsenal promised to return to the Champions League immediately – having been out of the competition for three seasons.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMoreover, they also intend to challenge for silverware, revealing their hopes of returning to the summit of the Premier League table in the medium term.More: 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 CityUnai Emery also played a key part in convincing Pepe to join Arsenal, personally speaking to the winger about the role he will play at the Emirates, while the club’s history of developing French and Ligue 1 talent was also crucial.Pepe, who scored 22 goals last season and laid on 11 assists, is expected to take home around £105,000-a-week, making him one of the club’s highest earners. The Ivorian was given assurances that the Gunners would challenge for silverware (Picture: Getty)Arsenal bosses told Nicolas Pepe they intend to secure Champions League qualification this season as they reportedly laid out an ambitious plan to convince the Lille star to join.The Ivory Coast international is due to complete his club-record £72million move to Arsenal imminently, having already undergone a medical, signed a contract and posed for official pictures.Arsenal had to beat off a host of suitors to land Pepe, with the likes of Bayern Munich and Napoli all keen, and managed to convince him of their project. Talks with Emery also made Pepe feel like Arsenal was the right club to join (Picture: Getty)Speaking about Pepe’s potential arrival on Wednesday night after beating Angers on penalties, Emery said: ‘He played here in Angers a few years ago, and then in Lille. He has progressed as a player.‘We are speaking about a lot of players, we want to select on players who can really help us, give us big performances and improve our squad. We have different options. This one at the moment is not closed, but he is one we are following.’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 Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 3:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kSharescenter_img Comment Arsenal promised Nicolas Pepe they will make immediate return to the Champions League Advertisementlast_img

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