Nicolas Pepe honoured to play alongside Arsenal's Lacazette
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‘It’s an honour’ – New Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe looking forward to playing with Lacazette

Arsenal new-boy Nicolas Pepe has revealed his excitement at the prospect of playing with Alexandre Lacazette, with the winger admitting it ‘will be an honour’ to play alongside the French forward.

Ivory Coast international Pepe completed a £72m club-record move to the Emirates earlier this week, having shone for French side Lille by scoring 23 goals in all competitions last season.

The 24-year-old has discussed his excitement at joining up with his new teammates, and reserved special praise for former opponent Lacazette.

Pepe played against the 28-year-old during Lacazette’s spell in France with Lyon, and says it will be an honour to play alongside the striker who he admired when facing in Ligue 1.

“When I knew I was coming to Arsenal, I immediately thought of the French guys who play here,” Pepe told Arsenal.com.

“I thought of Özil, the world champions, Lacazette, Aubameyang and many more. Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille.

“Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him. It will be an honour to play alongside him.”

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