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Lille's sporting director compares Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe to two world class players

Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on August 15, 2019 in St Albans, England.

Arsenal's record signing Nicolas Pepe has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe by his former club's sporting director.

Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal is challenged by Diego Rico of AFC Bournemouth  during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth  at Emirates Stadium on October 06, 2019 in...

Lille's sporting director Luis Campos spoke to Sky Sports about Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe and compared the Ivorian to Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo and PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

Pepe lit up Ligue 1 last season, scoring 22 goals and providing 12 assists. His performances helped the side finish as runners up and return to the Champions League this season. Arsenal forked out a club record £72million earlier this summer to sign Pepe, but he is yet to find the same form as last season in the Premier League. 

 

Campos, who identified Pepe in 2017 when he was playing for fellow Ligue 1 side Angers, spoke about the Ivorian's special quality that is possessed by two of world football's best players today in Ronaldo and Mbappe. 

He said: "In my opinion one of the characteristics of a top, top player is that they like football. 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.

"Nicolas Pepe is like that. Heʼs 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."

Antero Henrique of Paris Saint-Germain react with Luis Campos of Lille LOSC before the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stade Pierre Mauroy on April 14,...

His willingness to re-watch games is something that Unai Emery would have loved about him thanks to the Arsenal boss' reputation of making players watch their own performances over and over again in order to improve. 

Pepe, who has only scored once so far, has shown glimpses of his quality in the red and white but there is a lot more to come from him. Comparisons with players like Mbappe and Ronaldo is massive, especially coming from a hugely respected sporting director like Campos.

Based on last season's performances, Pepe has all the qualities to get to their level in the coming years. 

Kylian Mbappe #7 of Paris Saint-Germain is disapointed after the goal of Nicolas Pepe #19  of Lille LOSC during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stade...

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