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The advice that Kolo Toure gave Nicolas Pepe

Nicolas Pepe will follow in some famous footsteps when he makes his first appearance for us.

Our record signing will be the fourth Ivory Coast international to represent Arsenal, emulating Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue and Gervinho.

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Toure was one of Arsene Wenger's finest ever signings - a hugely popular figure who arrived as an unknown and became an Invincible - and Pepe has already asked him for advice.
 
"Kolo Toure was with us on the [Ivory Coast national] squad as an assistant coach [at the Africa Cup of Nations]," Pepe explained.
 
"He spoke to me a lot about the very high level, how he got to Arsenal and how you always have to work hard and really graft on a daily basis to try and get right to the very top.
 
"Toure, Eboue and Gervinho are the major players from the Ivory Coast," he added.
 
"We talk a lot about Gervinho, for example, who played for Lille and ended up at Arsenal, so I am on the same path. They are definitely examples to us young Ivorians and I hope we will continue to follow these examples."