Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is convinced summer arrival Nicolas Pepe can hit the same levels he managed at Lille and is working closely to ensure exactly that.
The Ivory Coast international arrived at the London club last summer in a record fee of £72 million from the French side and has since made 21 appearances in the top flight, scoring three times.
The winger was expected to hit the road running at the London club but has since hit a rough start, leading to many criticizing him.
Arteta, who has been working with him closely, has however noted that the best is yet to come from the 24-year-old.
“First of all he needs the right structure behind him to be able to provide the moments of quality and winning games, whether it’s assists, goals, dribbles or whatever it is,” he said as quoted by the club's official website.
“Afterwards he needs to have a much clearer picture of the things that are happening on the pitch, why they are happening and how he can solve them. I think he’s in the process of doing that.
“He hasn’t played 12 or 15 games in a row, which is a massive thing for a player in those positions which are more difficult on the pitch to make an impact in games, he needs to earn that with his performances.
“He was in France and was one of the biggest stars in the league. He made an incredible year. He comes here and a lot of people didn’t even know him and you paid that price tag. So for him to put his brain into this picture and solve all this is not easy. And he’s a really young player.”
The winger is expected to be in the club's starting lineup on Sunday when the Gunners welcome Newcastle United in an English Premier League tie.
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