Lille chief reveals what Nicolas Pepe is doing to ensure he doesn’t flop at Arsenal – Metro.co.uk

Lille transfer chief reveals how Nicolas Pepe will ensure he does not flop at Arsenal
The winger has made an unspectacular start to life at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)

Lille sporting director Luis Campos has no doubt Nicolas Pepe will succeed at Arsenal and has revealed the lengths the winger goes to in order to perfect his game.

Pepe became Arsenal’s club-record signing this summer when he completed a £72million move to the Emirates from Lille, though he has only scored once – from the penalty spot – for his new club.

Although the Ivorian has not quite lived up to his price tag so far, Campos says his hard work and willingness to improve are reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo and has backed him to come good.

Lille chief Luis Campos reveals what Nicolas Pepe is doing to ensure he's a success at Arsenal
Campos bought Pepe from Angers before selling him on to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘In my opinion one of the characteristics of a top, top player is that they like football,’ Campos told Sky Sports when asked about Pepe.

‘I remember working with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe: they know everything about football. Mbappe knew all the results of the second division in France.

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‘Nicolas Pepe is like that. He’s another example of the importance of a player liking football.

‘After a game he watches the whole game again two times, to make himself more perfect.’

Campos has bought and sold some incredible talents during his time at Monaco and Lille – such as Bernardo Silva and Anthony Martial – though says Fabinho is the one he is most proud of.

He continued: ‘I remember I went to the Copa Sao Paulo [Junior Football Competition] to see Fluminense who had a top team, some very good players. Now heʼs champion of Europe. It’s amazing.

Luis Campos on why Fabinho is one of his favourite signings
Campos signed Fabinho when he was at Real Madrid and again at Monaco (Picture: Getty)

‘I went to Brazil to watch Fluminese because they had some good players, they played Paulinia, the first team of Fabinho.

‘Paulinia lost three or four-nil. I went there to see Fluminese players, but in the end I signed Fabinho. The talent is forever there, and sometimes you have an early opportunity.’

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