Arsenal Set To Bid For One Of European Football’s Brightest Talents

By timgarrett IN Ligue 1,Premier League,Transfers - 20:00 Sep 5th 2018

When Unai Emery was handed the job of succeeding long-time incumbent Arsene Wenger in the manager’s seat at Arsenal, the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss immediately set about bringing in players who he felt could improve the team defensively.

That policy will take time to bear fruit, as evidenced by the fact that the Gunners are yet to keep a clean sheet since the Spaniard took charge, but now it seems that he is looking to strengthen things at the other end of the pitch.

According to the latest media reports, versatile Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe is a player who interests the North London outfit, with his ability to play out wide or through the middle seen as a valuable asset in the modern game.

Despite the fact that his team spent the 2017/18 season fighting an ultimately successful battle against relegation, the Ivory Coast international served up 13 goals and five assists in what was his debut campaign for the club after arriving from Angers:

Nicolas
Pepe
VAlexandre
Lacazette
LilleArsenal
FWD   23Y 3M   6FT 0INFWD   27Y 3M   5FT 9IN
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
PEPE
LACAZETTE
Starts
31
26
Minutes played
2846
2211
Goals
13
14
Assists
5
4
Opening goals
7
4
Winning goals
5
3
Home goals
7
11
Away goals
6
3
Goals with feet
11
12
Goals with head
2
2
Minutes per goal
219
158
TOTAL
6
4

To put things in context, these numbers were virtually identical to those produced by Alexandre Lacazette in the Premier League, though the Frenchman didn’t manage to achieve anywhere near the same balance between scoring at home and on the road.

Having already weighed in with one goal and three assists in Ligue 1 this season, the 23-year-old looks set to continue on the upward trajectory that has seen him quickly evolve from a frustrating winger into one of the most feared attackers in French football:

Linked with the likes of AS Roma, Sevilla, Real Betis and Lyon in recent months, Lille will surely be unable to keep hold of their star performer for too much longer, whilst his pace and ability to beat a man are attributes that Arsenal would definitely benefit from in the final third of the pitch.

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BEL23 19:30
Brugge
 v 
Z.Waregem
19:30
Home Win
  73%
73%
1.35
7/20
-286
73%
5.75
19/4
475
16%
8.00
7/1
700
11%
BL123 19:30 BT2
Leverkusen
 v 
Stuttgart
19:30 BT2
Home Win
  64%
64%
1.53
8/15
-189
64%
4.60
18/5
360
20%
6.00
5/1
500
17%
FRA23 20:00
Lyon
 v 
St Etienne
20:00
Home Win
  63%
63%
1.57
11/20
-177
63%
4.33
10/3
333
20%
6.00
5/1
500
17%
TUR23 17:30
Galatasaray
 v 
Konyaspor
17:30
Home Win
  56%
56%
1.80
4/5
-125
56%
3.60
13/5
260
24%
5.00
4/1
400
20%
CHA23 19:45 SKY
Ipswich
 v 
West Brom
19:45 SKY
Away Win
  51%
51%
4.40
17/5
340
24%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
1.91
10/11
-110
51%
LL23 20:00
Leganes
 v 
Alaves
20:00
Home Win
  47%
47%
2.10
11/10
110
47%
3.25
9/4
225
28%
4.00
3/1
300
25%
DEN23 18:00
Vejle BK
 v 
Aalborg
18:00
Away Win
  41%
41%
3.40
12/5
240
33%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.25
5/4
125
41%
Saturday 24th NovemberSat 24th NovemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
BL124 14:30
Bayern
 v 
F. Dusseldor
14:30
Home Win
  91%
91%
1.08
1/12
-1250
91%
15.00
14/1
1400
6%
41.00
40/1
4000
3%
FRA24 16:00
PSG
 v 
Toulouse
16:00
Home Win
  87%
87%
1.11
1/9
-909
87%
12.00
11/1
1100
9%
51.00
50/1
5000
4%
NED24 17:30
NAC
 v 
Ajax
17:30
Away Win
  86%
86%
29.00
28/1
2800
5%
9.50
17/2
850
9%
1.12
1/8
-833
86%
SA24 17:00
Juventus
 v 
S.P.A.L. 201
17:00
Home Win
  83%
83%
1.16
2/13
-625
83%
8.00
7/1
700
12%
29.00
28/1
2800
5%
SPL24 12:30 BT
Hamilton
 v 
Celtic
12:30 BT
Away Win
  83%
83%
19.00
18/1
1800
5%
8.00
7/1
700
12%
1.18
2/11
-556
83%
NED24 19:45
PSV
 v 
Heerenveen
19:45
Home Win
  80%
80%
1.20
1/5
-500
80%
7.00
6/1
600
13%
17.00
16/1
1600
7%
BEL24 19:30
Genk
 v 
Cercle Brugg
19:30
Home Win
  79%
79%
1.22
2/9
-455
79%
7.00
6/1
600
14%
13.00
12/1
1200
8%
SPL24 15:00
Rangers
 v 
Livingston
15:00
Home Win
  76%
76%
1.30
3/10
-333
76%
5.25
17/4
425
15%
10.00
9/1
900
9%
SA24 19:30
Inter
 v 
Frosinone
19:30
Home Win
  76%
76%
1.26
1/4
-385
76%
6.00
5/1
500
15%
15.00
14/1
1400
9%
EPL24 15:00
West Ham
 v 
Man City
15:00
Away Win
  76%
76%
13.00
12/1
1200
9%
6.50
11/2
550
15%
1.25
1/4
-400
76%
SUI24 18:00
Young Boys
 v 
FC Lugano
18:00
Home Win
  70%
70%
1.33
33/100
-305
70%
5.75
19/4
475
17%
9.00
8/1
800
13%
EPL24 15:00
Everton
 v 
Cardiff
15:00
Home Win
  69%
69%
1.44
4/9
-227
69%
4.75
15/4
375
19%
8.50
15/2
750
13%
EPL24 15:00
Man Utd
 v 
C Palace
15:00
Home Win
  68%
68%
1.40
2/5
-250
68%
5.00
4/1
400
19%
9.50
17/2
850
13%
BL124 17:30 BT2
Schalke
 v 
Nurnberg
17:30 BT2
Home Win
  68%
68%
1.53
8/15
-189
68%
4.33
10/3
333
19%
7.00
6/1
600
13%
SPL24 15:00
Hibernian
 v 
Dundee
15:00
Home Win
  67%
67%
1.44
4/9
-227
67%
4.60
18/5
360
19%
7.00
6/1
600
14%
LL24 15:15
Valencia
 v 
R.Vallecano
15:15
Home Win
  67%
67%
1.45
9/20
-222
67%
4.75
15/4
375
20%
7.50
13/2
650
14%
BEL24 17:00
S. Liege
 v 
Eupen
17:00
Home Win
  66%
66%
1.40
2/5
-250
66%
5.00
4/1
400
20%
7.50
13/2
650
14%
EPL24 15:00
Watford
 v 
Liverpool
15:00
Away Win
  65%
65%
6.50
11/2
550
15%
4.75
15/4
375
19%
1.53
8/15
-189
65%
LL24 12:00
Eibar
 v 
Real Madrid
12:00
Away Win
  65%
65%
7.00
6/1
600
16%
4.60
18/5
360
19%
1.53
13/25
-190
65%
BL124 14:30
Mainz
 v 
Dortmund
14:30
Away Win
  60%
60%
5.00
4/1
400
20%
4.10
31/10
310
21%
1.70
7/10
-143
60%
CHA24 15:00
Millwall
 v 
Bolton
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
1.62
8/13
-161
59%
4.00
3/1
300
24%
5.75
19/4
475
18%
CHA24 15:00
Leeds
 v 
Bristol C
15:00
Home Win
  57%
57%
1.70
7/10
-143
57%
4.00
3/1
300
23%
5.10
4/1
410
20%
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