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He scored 22 goals last season, tore PSG to pieces and took tips from Marcelo Bielsa... now Arsenal's £72m winger Nicolas Pepe is ready to follow Eden Hazard and light up the Premier League Arsenal are closing in on signing Lille forward Nicolas Pepe in a £72million deal  The Ivory Coast international was in London on Tuesday for his Arsenal medical  He has scored 35 goals in 77 Lille appearances - despite playing mainly out wide He'll hope to follow ex-Lille star Eden Hazard's footsteps in the Premier League 

By Joe Bernstein for MailOnline

Published: 08:07 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 08:15 BST, 1 August 2019


Nicolas Pepe is about to become the most expensive signing in Arsenal's illustrious history - but Premier League fans may not know a lot about the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international who was born and brought up in France and spotted by Marcelo Bielsa earlier in his career.

Sportsmail takes a look at the £72million forward who is following the cross-channel journey of Eden Hazard from Lille to London.


He's a highly-rated 24-year-old forward on the verge of joining Arsenal from Lille for £72m.

He can play anywhere along the front three but is probably best wide on the right of a 4-2-3-1 where he can cut in with his deadly left foot.

French-born, he plays international football for Ivory Coast through parentage and went to the recent African Cup of Nations, though he was left out the team that lost to Algeria in the quarter-finals.

Lille forward Nicolas Pepe is set to become Arsenal's club-record signing at £72million


Six foot tall and lithe in build, Pepe is a blisteringly quick attacking player whose goal ratio at Lille - 35 in 77 appearances - is excellent, particularly as he often plays on the right-hand side where he cuts in onto his favoured left foot to devastating effect.

He netted 22 times last season for Lille as they finished second to qualify for the Champions League. Most notably, his pace tore champions PSG apart in April in a 5-1 Lille win.

Always on the shoulder of the last defender, Pepe outsprinted Juan Bernat to get the PSG defender sent off at 1-1. He then scored Lille's second goal by again racing clear and beating goalkeeper Alphonse Areola one-on-one.

The combined pace of Pepe and will give defenders nightmares next season and give someone with Mesut Ozil's passing ability the chance to acquire a bagful of assists.

Pepe can also strike the ball cleanly from long

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