Ivory Coast

Arsenal fans applaud 'Pepe spice'

Nicolas Pepe
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Pepe was at the summer's Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast

Fans of Premier League club Arsenal are full of pep after the London side confirmed Ivory Coast football forward Nicolas Pepe in a record signing.

The $89m (£72m) Arsenal paid Lille makes Pepe the costliest African footballer ever.

Supporters took to Twitter to show their excitement - and there seems to be a meme of Nigeria's Nollywood stars Osita Iheme and Chinedu Ikedieze for almost everything these days:

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This tweeter is expecting Pepe to "attack and defend". Not an unreasonable expectation when so much money has been paid for one man:

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Pun intended, this fan is hoping for more spice on the Arsenal front line:

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This tweeter gets spiritual as he predicts Arsenal's formation heading into the new season. The defence is still an area of concern for many:

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Most expensive African players:

  • Nicolas Pepe - $89m (£72m)
  • Cedric Bakambu - $79m (£65)
  • Riyad Mahrez - $72m (£60m)
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - $68m (£56.1m)
  • Naby Keita - $64m (£52.75m)

Pepe scored 35 goals in 74 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille, who he joined from another French side Angers in 2017.

On his signing for Arsenal, he said: "Being here is very emotional."

He added that he had "come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward".

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