sport news Why Arsenal prioritised £72m Nicolas Pepe transfer over sorting dodgy defence

REVEALED: Arsenal prioritised £72m Nicolas Pepe transfer over sorting dodgy defence because they believe his pace and finishing can rescue their awful away form Arsenal have finally announced the £72million signing of Nicolas Pepe The pacey winger has joined from Lille, and is seen as a vital acquisition Arsenal's away form was only the eighth-best in the league last season Those dropped points cost them dearly as they missed the Champions League It is thought at the club that Pepe's pace will help unlock teams on the counter 

By Adrian Kajumba For Mailonline

Published: 17:13 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 17:13 BST, 1 August 2019

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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

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

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

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