Unai Emery praised Nicolas Pepe after Arsenal’s game against Lyon on Sunday while he hinted that more than one player will be arriving before the window closes.

Lille's Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Olympique Lyonnais (OL) on December 1, 2018 at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Villenueve d'Ascq. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images)
Lille’s Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Olympique Lyonnais (OL) on December 1, 2018 at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Villenueve d’Ascq. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal are expected to complete the £72m of Nicolas Pepe from Lille sooner rather than later and Unai Emery has all but confirmed the club’s interest.

He was, of course, asked about Pepe in the press conference following the 2-1 defeat in the Emirates Cup.

“We are working, the club, and also thinking about how we can improve,” Emery told reporters. “They have different players on the table with the possibility that we can achieve their signature.

“Pepe is a very good player, and also we are thinking only [about] players who really, really improve the squad. We are working in the last few weeks before the season starts to get the best team with the best players in our squad.”

As you can read in the above quote, Emery says ‘players’ which is handy as Arsenal really could do with a central defender coming into the club that can play this season unlike William Saliba who won’t be eligible to play until the following season.

Arsenal are still hopeful of signing Kieran Tierney from Celtic but on the centreback front it has all gone relatively quiet.

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