Following an unconvincing start to life at Arsenal, Unai Emery has tipped Nicolas Pepe for greatness at the club if only he can deal with pressure.
Despite the poor start at Arsenal after his £72million move from Lille, Pepe has scored against Aston Villa and provided two assists in eight games across all competitions. Pepe struggled in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United with his shooting and pass delivery being off.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of their clash against Standard Liege, Emery tipped Pepe for success at the club, "I am sure that Pepe is an amazing player, I am sure he is going to be here a big career, [he] needs time. A lot of players when they came here, the first month, the first year is not easy for them.
"But I am going to work with him, to be easy that adaptation for Pepe and Dani Ceballos and other players, and after carry on, being together and be strong, and after each individual quality to use with us the best we can.
"He still needs to play, get confidence, know progressively better the other players, our work. It's one price and this process is called adaption. The adaptation, some need less time and some need more. But every player needs time when they arrive here. Young players or players as important as Pepe.
"I think he is progressing. We are working with him individually and collectively for that process to be as quick as it can, but really we are happy with him. I am understanding his moment each match with us. And his process is going in the direction we were thinking at the beginning.
"He needs to play, he needs to train, he needs to be with us, he needs to also understand better English/French with us, with the players. I am speaking with him and he is telling me he understands me when I am showing him some moves individually and also speaking about how we want him to play with us.
"But really it is one process and I am sure he is going to be, step by step by playing matches, getting better with his performance."
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