Unai Emery gives 'green light' for Arsenal to pursue Nicolas Pepe in January

Arsenal boss Unai Emery

Unai Emery couldn't have imagined his start as Arsenal manager going any better.

The Spaniard has reunited a broken fanbase and has the Gunners playing free-flowing football, while also yielding results.

Arsenal have lost just twice all season, with those defeats coming in Emery's first two competitive games against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Since then, the Gunners are unbeaten in all competitions.

The prospect of breaking back into the top four after two years outside is a distinct possibility and Emery appears to be keen on further boosting their chances in January.

According to The Times, the manager has given his blessing to the pursuit of Lille's highly-rated forward Nicolas Pepe.

Danny Welbeck's serious injury has left Arsenal looking slightly bare in the attacking department.

Should either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette be ruled out for a prolonged period of time, it could derail Arsenal's progress.

Pepe has forged quite the reputation in Ligue 1 with Lille, who have also been the surprise package in France's top-flight this season.

Pepe in action with Lille

The Ivorian international has eight goals and five assists in just 13 league games and would still only command a fee of around £27m.

In today's market, that price is pretty low.

Arsenal do still have internal options to potentially fill the void left by Welbeck in Eddie Nketiah, who is yet to get a competitive minute under his belt in 2018/19.

However, with the onus on getting back into the Champions League, dipping into the market may be essential for Emery's early reign.

Emery on the touchline vs Wolves

Managing director Vinai Venkatesham said on getting back into Europe's premiere competition: “This is not where we want to be. We have to improve, step forward.

“The most pressing thing is to get back in the Champions League. That’s where this club needs to be as an absolute minimum.

"Being in the Europa League has a material financial impact across the club. It’s tens of millions of pounds.

“The more years you spend out of the Champions League, the bigger the strain it puts on the business model."

Emery vs Crystal Palace

Reinforcements could be needed for Emery and Arsenal to pull off their masterplan.

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