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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Fri 21Fri 21st SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
CHA21 19:45 SKY
Wigan
 v 
Bristol C
19:45 SKY
Home Win
  46%
46%
2.14
23/20
114
46%
3.60
13/5
260
25%
3.60
13/5
260
29%
Saturday 22nd SeptemberSat 22nd SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
EPL22 15:00
Cardiff
 v 
Man City
15:00
Away Win
  83%
83%
23.00
22/1
2200
5%
9.00
8/1
800
11%
1.17
1/6
-588
83%
EPL22 15:00
Liverpool
 v 
Southampton
15:00
Home Win
  83%
83%
1.20
1/5
-500
83%
7.50
13/2
650
12%
18.00
17/1
1700
5%
EPL22 15:00
Man Utd
 v 
Wolves
15:00
Home Win
  63%
63%
1.57
4/7
-175
63%
4.20
16/5
320
22%
6.50
11/2
550
15%
CHA22 15:00
Nottm Forest
 v 
Rotherham
15:00
Home Win
  61%
61%
1.65
13/20
-154
61%
4.00
3/1
300
23%
6.00
5/1
500
16%
LG122 15:00
Barnsley
 v 
Burton
15:00
Home Win
  60%
60%
1.60
3/5
-167
60%
4.20
16/5
320
22%
6.00
5/1
500
19%
LG122 15:00
Portsmouth
 v 
Wycombe
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
1.67
4/6
-149
59%
3.90
29/10
290
22%
5.30
17/4
430
19%
LG122 15:00
Sunderland
 v 
Rochdale
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
2.00
1/1
-100
59%
3.80
14/5
280
22%
3.60
13/5
260
19%
EPL22 15:00
Leicester
 v 
Huddersfield
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
1.62
8/13
-161
59%
3.90
29/10
290
24%
6.50
11/2
550
17%
EPL22 17:30 BT
Brighton
 v 
Spurs
17:30 BT
Away Win
  58%
58%
5.00
4/1
400
20%
3.90
29/10
290
22%
1.80
4/5
-125
58%
CHA22 15:00
A Villa
 v 
Sheffield We
15:00
Home Win
  57%
57%
1.57
4/7
-175
57%
4.30
33/10
330
24%
6.25
21/4
525
19%
LG222 15:00
Exeter
 v 
Cheltenham
15:00
Home Win
  55%
55%
1.87
20/23
-115
55%
3.80
14/5
280
23%
4.33
10/3
333
22%
LG122 15:00
Charlton
 v 
Plymouth
15:00
Home Win
  54%
54%
1.91
10/11
-110
54%
3.60
13/5
260
24%
4.20
16/5
320
22%
CHA22 15:00
West Brom
 v 
Millwall
15:00
Home Win
  54%
54%
1.75
3/4
-133
54%
3.90
29/10
290
24%
5.00
4/1
400
22%
CHA22 15:00
Leeds
 v 
Birmingham
15:00
Home Win
  54%
54%
1.80
4/5
-125
54%
3.75
11/4
275
23%
4.80
19/5
380
23%
CHA22 15:00
M'Boro
 v 
Swansea
15:00
Home Win
  53%
53%
1.73
8/11
-137
53%
3.80
14/5
280
25%
5.50
9/2
450
22%
CHA22 15:00
Stoke
 v 
Blackburn
15:00
Home Win
  52%
52%
2.10
11/10
110
52%
3.40
12/5
240
24%
3.90
29/10
290
24%
LG122 15:00
Doncaster
 v 
Bradford
15:00
Home Win
  51%
51%
1.72
8/11
-139
51%
3.90
29/10
290
25%
5.10
4/1
410
24%
LG222 15:00
Stevenage
 v 
Grimsby
15:00
Home Win
  51%
51%
1.91
10/11
-110
51%
3.75
11/4
275
25%
4.40
17/5
340
24%
CHA22 15:00
Ipswich
 v 
Bolton
15:00
Home Win
  51%
51%
2.00
1/1
-100
51%
3.40
12/5
240
24%
4.30
33/10
330
25%
LG222 15:00
Bury
 v 
Carlisle
15:00
Home Win
  49%
49%
1.80
4/5
-125
49%
4.00
3/1
300
25%
4.60
18/5
360
26%
CHA22 15:00
Sheff Utd
 v 
Preston
15:00
Home Win
  49%
49%
1.87
20/23
-115
49%
3.75
11/4
275
25%
4.40
17/5
340
26%
LG222 15:00
Forest Green
 v 
Crawley
15:00
Home Win
  48%
48%
1.95
19/20
-106
48%
3.60
13/5
260
24%
4.00
3/1
300
27%
CHA22 15:00
Reading
 v 
Hull
15:00
Home Win
  46%
46%
2.50
6/4
150
46%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
3.05
41/20
205
29%
LG222 15:00
Tranmere
 v 
Newport C
15:00
Home Win
  46%
46%
2.05
21/20
105
46%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
3.80
14/5
280
29%
EPL22 15:00
C Palace
 v 
Newcastle
15:00
Home Win
  45%
45%
2.20
6/5
120
45%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
3.75
11/4
275
28%
LG222 15:00
Lincoln
 v 
MK Dons
15:00
Home Win
  45%
45%
2.05
21/20
105
45%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
3.70
27/10
270
29%
LG122 15:00
Southend
 v 
Fleetwood
15:00
Home Win
  44%
44%
2.00
1/1
-100
44%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
4.00
3/1
300
30%
LG222 15:00
Northampton
 v 
Notts C
15:00
Home Win
  43%
43%
1.95
19/20
-106
43%
3.80
14/5
280
25%
4.00
3/1
300
31%
LG122 15:00
Bristol R
 v 
Coventry
15:00
Home Win
  43%
43%
2.35
27/20
135
43%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
3.25
9/4
225
31%
LG222 15:00
Crewe
 v 
Port Vale
15:00
Home Win
  42%
42%
2.80
9/5
180
42%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.70
17/10
170
32%
LG122 15:00
Gillingham
 v 
Peterborough
15:00
Away Win
  42%
42%
3.20
11/5
220
32%
3.80
14/5
280
26%
2.20
6/5
120
42%
LG222 15:00
Cambridge U
 v 
Mansfield
15:00
Away Win
  42%
42%
3.00
2/1
200
32%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
2.40
7/5
140
42%
LG122 15:00
Oxford Utd
 v 
Walsall
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.20
6/5
120
40%
3.65
13/5
265
26%
3.30
23/10
230
34%
EPL22 12:30 SKY
Fulham
 v 
Watford
12:30 SKY
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.55
31/20
155
40%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
3.00
2/1
200
34%
LG222 15:00
Yeovil
 v 
Swindon
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.05
21/20
105
40%
3.80
14/5
280
26%
3.75
11/4
275
34%
LG122 15:00
Accrington
 v 
AFC Wim
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.45
29/20
145
40%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
2.95
39/20
195
33%
LG122 15:00
Scunthorpe
 v 
Shrewsbury
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
3.10
21/10
210
40%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
2.40
7/5
140
33%
LG222 15:00
Morecambe
 v 
Macclesfield
15:00
Home Win
  39%
39%
2.35
27/20
135
39%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
3.15
43/20
215
34%
EPL22 15:00
Burnley
 v 
Bournemouth
15:00
Home Win
  39%
39%
3.00
2/1
200
39%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
2.63
13/8
163
35%
LG222 15:00
Oldham
 v 
Colchester
15:00
Home Win
  38%
38%
2.63
13/8
163
38%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.80
9/5
180
35%
CHA22 15:00
Derby
 v 
Brentford
15:00
Away Win
  38%
38%
3.20
11/5
220
36%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
2.38
11/8
138
38%
LG122 15:00
Blackpool
 v 
Luton
15:00
Home Win
  38%
38%
2.87
15/8
187
38%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
2.55
31/20
155
36%
CHA22 17:30 SKY
QPR
 v 
Norwich
17:30 SKY
Home Win
  37%
37%
2.50
6/4
150
37%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
3.00
2/1
200
37%
Sunday 23rd SeptemberSun 23rd SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
EPL23 16:00 SKY
Arsenal
 v 
Everton
16:00 SKY
Home Win
  64%
64%
1.47
40/85
-213
64%
5.00
4/1
400
20%
7.00
6/1
600
17%
EPL23 13:30 SKY
West Ham
 v 
Chelsea
13:30 SKY
Away Win
  62%
62%
6.25
21/4
525
17%
4.50
7/2
350
21%
1.62
8/13
-161
62%
Tuesday 25th SeptemberTue 25th SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
EFL25 19:45
Oxford Utd
 v 
Man City
19:45
Away Win
  80%
80%
21.00
20/1
2000
7%
9.00
8/1
800
12%
1.17
1/6
-588
80%
EFL25 20:00 SKY
Man Utd
 v 
Derby
20:00 SKY
Home Win
  74%
74%
1.25
1/4
-400
74%
6.50
11/2
550
16%
15.00
14/1
1400
10%
EFL25 19:45
Bournemouth
 v 
Blackburn
19:45
Home Win
  58%
58%
1.62
8/13
-162
58%
4.10
31/10
310
22%
6.50
11/2
550
20%
EFL25 19:45
Burton
 v 
Burnley
19:45
Away Win
  51%
51%
4.00
3/1
300
25%
3.70
27/10
270
24%
2.00
Evens
100
51%
EFL25 19:45
Wycombe
 v 
Norwich
19:45
Away Win
  46%
46%
3.60
13/5
260
29%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
2.10
11/10
110
46%
EFL25 19:45
Millwall
 v 
Fulham
19:45
Away Win
  40%
40%
3.00
2/1
200
34%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
2.45
29/20
145
40%
EFL25 19:45
Wolves
 v 
Leicester
19:45
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.40
7/5
140
40%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
3.20
11/5
220
34%
EFL25 20:00
West Brom
 v 
C Palace
20:00
Away Win
  40%
40%
3.00
2/1
200
34%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.45
29/20
145
40%
EFL25 19:45
Blackpool
 v 
QPR
19:45
Away Win
  39%
39%
3.00
2/1
200
35%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.45
29/20
145
39%
EFL25 19:45
Preston
 v 
M'Boro
19:45
Home Win
  37%
37%
2.75
7/4
175
37%
3.25
9/4
225
27%
2.75
7/4
175
37%
Wednesday 26th SeptemberWed 26th SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
EFL26 19:45
West Ham
 v 
Macclesfield
19:45
Home Win
  76%
76%
1.17
1/6
-590
76%
8.00
7/1
700
15%
19.00
18/1
1800
9%
EFL26 19:45
Arsenal
 v 
Brentford
19:45
Home Win
  71%
71%
1.29
2/7
-345
71%
6.25
21/4
525
17%
10.50
19/2
950
12%
EFL26 20:00
Spurs
 v 
Watford
20:00
Home Win
  70%
70%
1.33
33/100
-305
70%
5.50
9/2
450
18%
13.00
12/1
1200
12%
EFL26 19:45 SKY
Liverpool
 v 
Chelsea
19:45 SKY
Home Win
  50%
50%
2.00
Evens
100
50%
3.70
27/10
270
24%
3.80
14/5
280
26%
EFL26 19:45
Nottm Forest
 v 
Stoke
19:45
Home Win
  39%
39%
2.50
6/4
150
39%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.90
19/10
190
35%