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Nicolas Pepe explains decision to join Arsenal after completing club-record transfer

Nicolas Pepe says he is “convinced that Arsenal is the right choice” after completing his club-record £72m transfer.

The Ivory Coast winger was the subject of intense transfer interest and came close to signing for Napoli before linking up with the Gunners.

He is now expected to form a fearsome attacking trio with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having put pen to paper on a long-term deal at the Emirates.

Pepe, 24, faced a tough decision regarding his future after returning from the African Cup of Nations with Liverpool also amongst those said to have had a bid accepted by Lille. 

He has now opened up on the process behind his decision to head to north London for his next challenge.

Pepe told Arsenal’s official website : “It was my family and my agents. 

“We talked and thought a lot about it.

“It was at the time of the CAN [Africa Cup of Nations] as well, we thought a lot during, before and after the CAN.

“It was important to make the right decision and I am convinced that Arsenal is the right choice.”

Pepe also revealed how former Arsenal star Kolo Toure, also Ivorian, helped outline what would be expected of him at Arsenal.

“Yes, especially Kolo Toure, who was with us on the [national] squad as an assistant coach.

“He spoke to me a lot about the very high level, how he got to Arsenal and how you always have to work hard and really graft on a daily basis to try and get right to the very top.”

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