Nicolas Pepe in an Arsenal shirt
Arsenal and Lille fans are waiting for the confirmation.
Although everyone knows that Nicolas Pepe is joining Arsenal, the deal has yet to to be confirmed on Wednesday morning.
For the record, the expectation is that the deal will be announced later today.
On Tuesday evening, a clip of Nicolas Pepe in an Arsenal shirt spread around social media.
Pepe patted the Arsenal crest in the short video.
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When will Nicolas Pepe make his Arsenal debut?
Arsenal kick off their new Premier League season on August 11th against Newcastle United.
However, Pepe is expected to be seen playing for Arsenal long before that.
Indeed, the Gunners are in pre-season action tonight when they face French side Angers.
Could Pepe play in that game? The Evening Standard report that’s unlikely:
Fans itching to see Nicolas Pepe in action will have to wait a little longer.
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This weekend, Arsenal play their final warm-up match, versus Barcelona, before the start of the new season.
The Express expect that that’s when the Ivory Coast international will make his Arsenal debut:
Pepe’s signing virtually ends any chance of the Gunners making a late move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who now looks set to stay at Selhurst Park.
He could make his debut against Barcelona in a friendly – which is being played for the Joan Gamper Trophy – at the Nou Camp on Sunday.
“He is incredible!” 🔥
“He’s super quick, he is silky, left footed. His 1v1 is second to none.” 👏
“He is a very accomplished player. Arsenal fans are in for a treat for sure.”
Lille defender Jose Fonte tells us all about playing with Nicolas Pepe. 🔴 pic.twitter.com/q44qnxQM7d
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 30, 2019