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Unai Emery details Arsenal’s transfer interest in Fabinho and what it means for Nicolas Pepe

Unai Emery has revealed that Arsenal were targeting a move for Fabinho until just before he moved to Liverpool and the Gunners boss believes the former Monaco star’s progress at Liverpool augurs well for Nicolas Pepe.

Though it was well known that Paris Saint-Germain coveted Fabinho when Unai Emery was in charge it had not previously been revealed that Emery and the Arsenal hierarchy were also hopeful of snaring the 26-year-old in the summer of 2018.

Ultimately they were beaten to the punch by Liverpool, who had secured a £39million deal for Fabinho 48 hours after their defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. In the early weeks of last season it appeared that Jurgen Klopp’s side had erred in their major investment as the Brazilian struggled to adapt to the pace of the…