The Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe revealed he signed for Arsenal this summer transfer market because the club matched his ambition.

The summer acquisition arrived in a £72m deal in one of the transfer coups of the market, with Nicolas also attracting interest from Manchester United and Liverpool.

Reports in France state both Liverpool and United made bids for Pepe, but the forward decided the Gunners was the club for him.

Napoli too were scrambling to land the goalscorer, and the player lifted the lid on why he chose Unai Emery’s side.

‘I chose to come here because it’s a club with a lot of ambition,’ Pepe told the Gunners’ website.

‘They have the dream of coming back to the Champions League and I am also an ambitious person, so the choice was very logical.

Nicolas is still waiting on his first start, coming off the bench in both of his side’s games so far.

Arsenal travel to Liverpool this weekend with both clubs unbeaten and Pepe explained how manager Unai Emery was key to helping him settle in at the London outfit.

‘It’s been really good because he speaks French and it has been much easier for us to communicate,’ Pepe said.

Meantime, Out-of-favour Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi looks set to depart the club this week on a season-long loan deal to Serie A side AS Roma, according to reports.

He has not played a single minute for Arsenal so far this season, and is prepared to leave north London in the coming days.