By Adrian Kajumba For Mailonline
Published: 17:13 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 17:13 BST, 1 August 2019
Arsenal's stunning club-record capture of Nicolas Pepe was prioritised in the hope that he will help cure their travel sickness.
Although their defensive issues need addressing urgently, the £72million move for Pepe was completed first, and he has signed a five-year deal.
Arsenal's form on the road last season was a major handicap and the reason why they missed out on the Champions League. Yet this pacey forward, rather than a solid centre-back, is seen as the player who could provide the solution.
Nicolas Pepe has signed for Arsenal in a club-record £72million transfer from Lille
Pepe is a fast and direct winger, and Arsenal believe he is the answer to a big problem
While they were the Premier League's third best side at home with 45 points last season, Arsenal picked up just 25 away from the Emirates Stadium, losing eight times and drawing four matches, giving them the eighth-best record in the division.
Arsenal finished just a point outside the top four and failing to qualify for the Champions League put a significant dent in their transfer budget this summer.
Arsenal were fully aware their defence needs strengthening this summer but, as a result of their damaging away form, prioritised adding players who will help them break teams down away from home during this window.
They moved for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha first, failing with a £40m bid and follow-up