New Arsenal signing: It’s an ‘honour’ to play with Lacazette

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Nicolas Pepe has admitted that it will be an “honour” for him to play alongside Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal this season.

The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international signed for the Gunners on Thursday from Lille in a club-record deal as Unai Emery moved to bolster his attacking options at The Emirates.

Pepe will be hoping to go straight into the first team at The Emirates as he bids to try and help Arsenal to challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

He will be linking up with the likes of Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at The Emirates as he looks to try and help the Gunners seal qualification for the Champions League.

Now, the new Arsenal signing has spoken of his delight at being able to link up with Lacazette at the north London club this summer.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s website, Pepe said: “When I knew I was coming to Arsenal, I immediately thought of the French guys who play here.

“I thought of Özil, the world champions, Lacazette, Aubameyang and many more. Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille.

“Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him. It will be an honour to play alongside him.”

Pepe will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to Newcastle United on Sunday 11 August.

The north London side are aiming for a top-four finish this term after they ended up fifth in the table and without a trophy last season under Emery.

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