Arsenal have this afternoon confirmed the arrival of 24-year-old Ivorian winger Nicolas Pépé for a reported €80m plus bonuses from Ligue 1 side Lille.
The player had the following to say upon confirmation of the move, that makes him the most expensive African of all time:
“When I knew I was coming to Arsenal, I immediately thought of the French guys who play here. I thought of Özil, the world champions, Lacazette, Aubameyang and many more. Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille. Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him. It will be an honour to play alongside him.”