Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes the signing of Nicolas Pepe is a massive coup for the club. The Gunners confirmed the £72m deal for the Lille winger yesterday afternoon.
The ex-striker turned pundit, believes the Ivorian international has the potential to be a world-class player, and he will offer Arsenal a direct threat which the London club have been missing in recent years:
“It’s a deal we assumed would never be done but it’s brilliant. This is the kind of player who, once he settles in, I personally think we’ve got a world-class player on our hands. I’m not being over the top, I’m not being over-excited.”
“I genuinely believe that from what I’ve seen of him. He ticks so many boxes in terms of goals and assists but for me, it’s the directness. We miss that. We miss a player that can take players on one-on-one and beat them.”
“A player who can receive the ball, dribble, turn and run at players. No defenders want to face that. I’m very excited about it.”
Pepe generally plays from the right-hand side, cutting inside onto his stronger left-foot to run at defenders and to shoot on goal.
His speed and directness is a key part of his game, and combined with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal threat, manager Unai Emery now has a pretty lethal front three.
Some supporters have even compared it to Liverpool’s attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, but the Arsenal forward line will be a unique proposition for opponents. Needless to say, fans will be excited to see them all starting for the Gunners this season.