Confirmed: Arsenal beat City to sign Pepe

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Arsenal and Manchester City target Nicolas Pepe has put talk of a move on hold until the end of the season.

Winger Pepe has been one of the stars of the season for Lille, currently second in the French table.

The Ivorian has scored 12 goals and chipped in with five assists to attract attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs including the Premier League pair.

But he said: “To end the season with LOSC, for me that’s for sure.

“As the president [Michel Seydoux] said, I decided to finish the season in Lille and, at the end of it, then we’ll see.

“I am under contract until 2022. I have the idea to end this season in Lille and why not [secure] a European place? It would be beautiful.”

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