Arsenal star Gabriel discloses conversation with Nicolas Pepe before transfer

Arsenal star Gabriel Magalhaes has detailed the conversation he had with Nicolas Pepe before moving to north London.

The Brazilian has been a regular starter for Mikel Arteta since his arrival from Lille, scoring on his debut against Fulham last month.

After a summer battling with Manchester United, the Gunners managed to land the centre-back’s signature in a £27m deal.

Magalhaes impressed last season at Lille, spending some of the 2018/19 season with Pepe at the Ligue 1 side.

And the 22-year-old revealed the impact Arsenal’s No.19 – who arrived at the Emirates Stadium last year – had on his move.

Speaking to Sky Sports , the Brazilian said: “I spoke with Pepe before I moved.

“I asked him how it was at the club.

“Of course, he influenced my decision. He was one of the reasons why I decided to move to Arsenal.

“It was because I had played with him.”

Pepe has also enjoyed a strong start to the season, grabbing an impressive goal against Sheffield United earlier this month.

But neither player could find the winning touch as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Manchester City, leading Arteta to send his players a message in the dressing room.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno told Sky Sports: “It’s very hard. The manager said we have to be upset because [getting a result] was possible. But on the other side there were a lot of positives.

“It’s disappointing that we lost. But we compete today and had chances to get a point.

“Unfortunately we didn’t take the chances. We controlled the game but the big chances we missed. We tried everything but we couldn’t score. The game was very close and Man City could feel that. They didn’t have too many chances.”

Arteta then added: “I felt we kept growing and growing, having more belief that we could get something.

“I’m proud of the way we played individually and collectively. It’s not easy to produce a performance here. We need everything to go our way to get a win here.

“The three or four chances we had, you need to put them away.”

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