TWO club record signings set for Premier League debut at St James's Park

Newcastle United’s £35million Brazilian No.9 may not be the only ‘club record’ signing making his Premier League debut on at St James’s Park on Sunday.

By Liam Kennedy
Sunday, 11 August, 2019, 07:00

Arsenal head to Tyneside for their Premier League opener the weekend – kick-off 2pm – and boss Unai Emery says Nicolas Pepe might be handed a start, following his £72million move from Lille this summer.

Emery said: “Pepe, he has been working and training with us one week.

“The pressure, can he feel good with the partners, the coaches, with us, training?

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Unai Emery the Head Coach of Arsenal during the Arsenal Media Day at London Colney on August 07, 2019 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“It is different - he was training in Lille. We need to give him the best moment to debut with us.

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“It may be Sunday, but we will see.”

Forward Alexandre Lacazette has an ankle injury and will also be assessed with Mohamed Elneny.

Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Dinos Mavropanos are out.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during the Arsenal Media Day at London Colney on August 07, 2019 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)