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Lille president explains why Nicolas Pepe chose Arsenal

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Nicolas Pepe joined the English Premier League because he wanted to make a big impact after a successful spell in the French Ligue 1.

24-year-old winger Nicolas Pepe started his professional career in 2012 with Poitiers.

The next year he moved to Angers and was loaned in 2015 to Orleans.

But his big move happened in 2017 when he joined Lille, the club he was most successful with so far.

Now he just joined Arsenal in the English Premier League.

“There were two things he was looking for,” Lille president Gerard Lopez was quoted by Goal.

“Either he was going to play Champions League right away or he was going to be part of something that could play Champions League, but was going to be big, where his impact would not only be in terms of goals but on the club.”

“There were two clubs that had that for him – Napoli and Arsenal,” he added.

“Napoli playing Champions League and Arsenal one of the big clubs in the Premier League.”

“He did choose the Premier League and Arsenal because that’s where he wants to leave his mark,” Lille president concluded.