Everton vs Arsenal
Are Everton and Arsenal in the mix for a new striker?
After seven rounds of the new campaign, Everton are 11th in the league.
Everton have so far scored 11 league goals this season. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison have both scored three times.
As for Arsenal, the Gunners are fifth in the league after Unai Emery’s first seven matches at the club.
Arsenal have scored 14 goals in the Premier League so far. Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil have all scored twice.
Chase for Nicolas Pepe
On Tuesday morning, French portal RMC Sport have announced that both Arsenal and Everton are in the chase for Lille striker Nicolas Pepe.
It’s reported that Arsenal and Everton are willing to see out the season before making a move for Pepe.
Pepe, 23, has caught the eye of several European clubs this season. In eight Ligue 1 matches, Pepe has five goals and three assists for Lille.
Last Friday, Lille president Gerard Lopez confirmed to RMC Sport that Barcelona are one of the clubs keeping tabs on Pepe.
9 – Only Neymar & Messi (9 each) have been involved in more goals than Nicolas Pépé (8 – 5 goals, 3 assists) in the top 5 leagues this season. TNT. pic.twitter.com/6SXXy8rfo5
— OptaJean ⭐⭐ (@OptaJean) September 30, 2018
Pepe & the January transfer window
Patience may be the key for Everton and Arsenal in the Nicolas Pepe race.
Last weekend, Pepe told Telefoot that he has no intention of leaving Lille in the January transfer window.
Ivory Coast international Pepe told Telefoot “I’m not leaving” when he was asked about the next step in his career. He also said:
I talked a lot with my advisers. I spoke with (director of football) Luis Campos who brought me to LOSC. Also with my family that counts a lot for me, and also with the coach who trusts me.
It was important to talk to him. I decided to continue at LOSC to accomplish a big mission.
23-year-old Pepe is under contract at Lille until 2022.
💪🏼 Nicolas Pepe shows why he’s got big clubs clamouring over him. And Jonathan Bamba’s not bad either! pic.twitter.com/zgqdLlMY6x
— Goal (@goal) October 1, 2018