Confirmed BBC report — Arsenal in pole position to sign Ligue 1 in-demand striker

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Arsenal keen on signing Lille forward Nicolas Pepe and planning to make a bid during the winter transfer window.

Gunner’s need a new high-class winger to improve the attack and Ivory Coast international is the perfect choice in this situation. He started this season excellently and paid big clubs attention.

Danny Welbeck has a serious injury and his replacement is necessary. Unai Emery will do everything to add him in January when the transfer window opens again.

Chelsea and Man United also interested to sign him and there will be a real battle for the footballer. His price could increase and become much more. Pepe joined the Les Dogues from Angers in 2017 with a €10m deal.

He is one of the best forwards in Ligue 1 and unchanged figure for the club.

In this campaign, Nicolas played 13 matches, scored 8 goals and made 5 assists in all competition.

This is a great result and he can do much more with high-class teammates. Ivorian winger is contracted with the French club until 2022 and his release clause is nearly €35m.

He also plays regularly in national team which is already a big achievement for the footballer.

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