Arsenal downed by Dembele double as Lacazette suffers ankle injury

Arsenal downed by Dembele double as Lacazette suffers ankle injury

Nicolas Pepe have in the last two days been linked with a move to Arsenal and reports yesterday claimed that the gunners had reached an agreement with Lille to sign the Ivorian global for £72million. "This morning they came here but weren't ready to play the match".

An 18-year-old AS Saint Etienne defender, Saliba was also announced an hour later of the other signing yesterday. However, as Pepe continued to blossom in Lille, it looked increasingly likely that the Gunners would be priced out of a move for the Ivory Coast global.

According to BBC Sport's David Ornstein, Nicolas Pepe is set to be Arsenal's biggest and record-breaking transfer in their history.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal, before reported Manchester United target, Moussa Dembele, scored two second-half goals in the Emirates Cup final.

Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Pepe's Ivory Coast teammate Wilfried Zaha but were unable to agree a deal with Crystal Palace, who were holding out for a deal worth £70m.

Laurent Koscielny wants out and Shkodran Mustafi is still on the books at the Emirates and there remains a need to improve the defence.

A deal must now be reached between the Gunners and the player's representatives.

"They came this morning but I spoke to them and decided it was best to continue resting with their families and wait for a few days to hopefully come and start normally with the team", he added.

Pepe will join an Arsenal side who already have a world-class attack.

Saliba signed a long term contract with Arsenal and a transfer fee of around £27 million was splashed out to recruit his services.

Alexandre Lacazette limped off injured early as Arsenal dominated the opening half, Aubameyang smartly tucking home Henrikh Mkhitaryan's cross 10 minutes before half-time.

Should a move to Arsenal be confirmed, the Ivorian will be hoping that he can join the two strikers in taking the Gunners back to the Champions League.

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