Reiss Nelson impressed with Arsenal summer signing Nicolas Pepe


Reiss Nelson says Nicolas Pepe is a ‘great addition’ to Arsenal’s attack (Picture: Getty)

Reiss Nelson is convinced that Nicolas Pepe will be a ‘great addition’ to Arsenal’s squad and believes his new team-mate can add some ‘flair’ and potency to Unai Emery’s attack.

Pepe, 24, completed a club-record £72million move to Arsenal earlier this month after an outstanding Ligue 1 campaign with Lille in which he scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists.

Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos (loan) and William Saliba – who has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne – also signed on the dotted line in a busy few weeks for the Gunners.

Pepe will be hoping for his first Premier League start at home to Burnley this weekend after making a cameo appearance in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.

And Nelson, who the Ivorian replaced in the 71st minute at St James’ Park, has no doubts that Arsenal’s record signing has the ability to live up to his enormous price tag.

‘He’s settled in well and he looks a really good addition,’ Nelson told football.london.

‘We saw little glimpses on the pitch [against Newcastle] and you could see he has the flair we need on the right hand side.

‘He can cut inside and shoot as well, so he’s a great addition.’

Pepe could be in line to start against Burnley at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)

Asked about his own ambitions for the season ahead, Nelson replied: ‘I just want to take things as they come.

‘I need to be prepared all the time for whenever I get the call-up because I know it’s not guaranteed I’m going to be starting week in, week out with the team-mates we have.

‘We have [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, Pepe, [Alexandre] Lacazette. They are great stars and I’m still only young so I need to sit back and when I get my chance take it.’

Aubameyang, who scored the only goal of the game at Newcastle, is excited to play alongside Pepe in a new-look Arsenal attack.

‘I don’t want to compare it [to other strike partnerships I been in] but it is going to be crazy,’ he said following Arsenal’s victory.

‘Everybody is excited about that. We will have time to play together and we will see. I am looking forward to it.

‘The next game we play at home [against Burnley] and we will see what is the coach’s decision.

‘It will be difficult for him [Unai Emery] but that’s the game. When you have a good team it is like that and you have to make choices.’

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