Lille face a battle to keep star forward Nicolas Pepe as reports claim Premier League side Arsenal have already made an approach. The Gunners are on the look-out for a replacement for Danny Welbeck, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, and could have played his last game for the club.
Pepe has been linked with a switch to Arsenal for some time, and now journalist Guillem Balague claims that Unai Emery’s men have gone a step further and made a bid.
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Emery will know the player well following his time in Ligue 1 with PSG last season and a switch to the Emirates Stadium could happen. “Arsenal are looking into the possibility of signing him. Yes, they’ve approached Lille,” he claimed.
“He’s one of those players that have had a great start to the season. “He’s scored eight goals already, nine assists and he’s got a great ability with his left foot. He’s mostly left-footed, plays on the right-hand side but also on the left-hand side.
“It’s mostly from wide areas coming inside that makes him special and it’s what he does with the ball in small spaces that makes him special.”